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Futoshi Miyagi

Daniel Reich Gallery

“Dear stranger,” begins a typical introductory e-mail by Okinawa-born, New York–based artist Futoshi Miyagi. “First of all excuse me for sending this weird message.” If the opening address is both tender and awkward (can a stranger be “dear”?), so is the project to which it relates—an ongoing series of photographs begun in 2005 titled “Strangers,” each of which features Miyagi in an intimate, sexually suggestive scenario with a different man (and one transgender person). Nine of these pictures featured prominently, alongside several sculptures and installations, in “Brief Procedures,” the artist’s compelling recent solo debut at Daniel Reich Gallery.

Gathering his strangers in much the same way that one might suss out a casual hookup, Miyagi employed online sites such as Gay.com, Friendster, and Craigslist’s “men seeking men” sex section, though he also occasionally relied on neighborhood

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