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“Looky Loo” and “High Anxiety”

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Since the early ’90s, Kenny Schachter has staged consistently edgy group shows, typically for brief periods and usually in transitional spaces. Late last spring, two exhibitions showcased his signature, low-concept approach to curating: “Looky Loo,” held at an established nonprofit space uptown, and “High Anxiety,” at a temporary downtown site.

“Looky Loo” presented works with no pretensions to the status of high art by seven artists with a penchant for drawing out the beauty of the ephemeral. All seven pieces reflected the low-budget esthetic favored by Schachter: an unlikely mix of sophisticated art-critical issues and slacker wit. Unapologetically artsy-craftsy (no small feat) were Nina Bovasso’s fluttery, paste-and-paper collages and lumpy ceramic teapots covered by knit tea cosys. Rachel Harrison explored the expressive possibilities of the color green with an amateur painting of a

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