new-york

Andrew Sexton

Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery

A series of wry inside jokes instantiated via improbable materials and processes, Andrew Sexton’s recent solo debut was built around what at first seemed a similarly unlikely organizing principle: His drawings and multimedia conglomerations were devised as “portraits” of friends and family members. Although its symbolic vocabulary occasionally suggested a familiar brand of neo-Gothic kitsch, Sexton’s bricolage nevertheless managed to avoid the self-conscious seriousness that often plagues work in the idiom, forgoing moody introspection for genuine exuberance. And the artist was comfortable enough to occasionally play things for laughs as well—the individual assays, like the show in general, mostly pulled off the difficult trick of being simultaneously funny-strange and funny-ha ha.

Sexton, a 2005 Yale MFA grad, often taps former classmates as subjects. Adrian Wong, 2006, one of two slightly

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