New York

Lisa Kereszi

Yancey Richardson Gallery

The photographs in Lisa Kereszi’s series “New York Stories” (2000–2004) present a captivating vision of the city’s grand if sordid mystique. Focusing on abandoned and nostalgic settings in Coney Island, Governors Island, and Times Square, they illustrate fantastical, haunted, and fragile aspects of our culture. In Girls, Show World Center, Times Square, NYC, 2000, the seamy glow of strip-joint neon is reflected in the small mirrored tiles that form a concentric-square motif on the club’s dropped ceiling. In this acrid close-up, the chintzy decor is interrupted by electrical wiring and a sprinkler head. Here, as elsewhere in her oeuvre, Kereszi focuses on moments at which the bleak realities of desire, utility, and economy visibly outpace the dreamy deceptions of market novelty. Penetrating the glitz of commerce, she reflects on the intersection of private self and public illusion.


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