New York

Scott Treleaven

John Connelly Presents

Scott Treleaven’s first New York solo exhibition, “The Best Kind of Friends Are Like Iron Sharpening Iron,” was a charged romantic vision of young bohemian gay male life. In the small mixed-media photo-montage Grotto, 2005, for example, a half-nude man squats, blue jeans unbuttoned, in the center of a pentagram inscribed in a circle, gently holding the handle of a knife stuck in the ground. It’s an allegory of the artist as lover and mystic, summoning from the sacred confines of his magical arena the elemental forces necessary to understand a precarious existence.

In Desire Armed, 2005, a nude model, this one also holding a knife, kneels among a pile of human bones. His expression is alert and his gaze averted in a pose that’s revealing and vulnerable yet also wary. In Khepra, 2005, a skinny shirtless punk sits enthroned among a brilliant burst of flowers, a halo of skulls and bugs encircling

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