new-york

Craigie Horsfield

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

Like anyone who is doing anything interesting, Craigie Horsfield uses his medium to escape the tedium of self-expression. The man has spent quite a bit of time in bleak environments, in London and in Poland. His subjects are empty lots, and friends in sparse dreary rooms staring deep through the camera. The images are black and white, large and lonely. They are matte-finished. The large formats both pull you in and repel you with a physicality not so common to this kind of contemplative photography, which usually isn’t about imposing its presence in the room. A party scene strikes you as soon as you enter the gallery; the front figures look “normal,” but when you look at them for a while, you wonder whether some of the individuals in the rear are not melting down privately into Breugelesque freaks. (Klub Pod Jaszczurami, Rynek Glowny, Krakow. February, 1976., 1991). Although the party is

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