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André Ethier

Honor Fraser

Described in the press release accompanying this exhibition as “self-portraits of his own adolescent subconscious,” André Ethier’s new paintings are every inch the exercises in creative onanism that this boldly unfashionable characterization might suggest. Self-consciously brooding and superficially melancholy, each modestly scaled, putridly colored oil-on-Masonite picture in “ACTUALIZED, and it feels so good” convincingly channels the imaginings of a disaffected young man with a spotty understanding of art history and a healthy investment in the lifestyle and aesthetics of psychedelia, metal, indie, garage rock, and a host of genres in between. If paintings such as the Munch-like portrait (all works cited, Untitled, 2010) that depicts a skeleton in an ornate dress with thin strands of fiery hair, a leering grin, and glittering eyes, raising a flower delicately to her “nose,” look as if

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