new-york

Simon Grennan & Christopher Sperandio

American Fine Arts

While Simon Grennan & Christopher Sperandio’s latest New York show may not have been the first time the collaborative team invited the public to articulate its experiences through artmaking, it did mark the pair’s foray into the phantasmagorical, quasi-mystical aspects of contemporary American life. To produce this project, Manchester, UK–based Grennan and New Yorker Sperandio placed ads in the local newspapers of New York, Glasgow, and Bordeaux (Fantastic Sh*t was also presented at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts and Bordeaux’s Musée d’art contemporain) soliciting written testimonies of encounters with the supernatural.

The seminal moments of each account were converted into pictorial-narrative analogues: uniformly framed 60-by-40-inch silkscreen-on-paper posters designed to be viewed with 3–D glasses (provided by the gallery). In the piece based on respondent Ann Dickinson’s

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