New York

Alexander Apóstol

Throckmorton Fine Art

In his first solo show in the U.S., Alexander Apóstol presented a group of photo assemblages comprised of distressed negatives and prints—ranging in tone from gold to selenium—culled from various sources and then pasted or stitched together with coarse string. With their Starn-like facture, these works both mystify and delight, forming a kind of road map through the psychic landscape of this 26-year-old Venezuelan artist.

Many of the assemblages include conventional formal portraits that in this context take on an almost archetypal character. The top row of Sastre (Tailor, 1993) is comprised of six studio portraits of men in ties photographed against wrinkled backdrops. Below are two larger images: one side depicts a headless, quasihermaphroditic torso with arms and legs cut off à la Venus de Milo; the other, a man’s suit on a hanger. Although the work clearly plays with gender boundaries,

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