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Matt Borruso, Hide, 2011, cut-paper collage, 11 1/2 x 10".

Matt Borruso

Steven Wolf Fine Arts

Matt Borruso, Hide, 2011, cut-paper collage, 11 1/2 x 10".

In his semiautobiographical 1928 novel Nadja, André Breton described the Parisian flea market as “an almost forbidden world of sudden parallels, petrifying coincidences, and reflexes particular to each individual, of harmonies struck as though on the piano, flashes of light that would make you see, really see.” In a similar vein, Matt Borruso explored discarded objects of the recent past as sources of unexpected revelation in “The Hermit’s Revenge Fantasy,” his second solo show at Steven Wolf Fine Arts. By means of cut-paper collages, pencil drawings, a two-channel video, and imagery culled from the dregs of consumer culture—schlocky album covers, old handicraft and DIY special-effects magazines, 1980s food porn—Borruso transformed the banal into the truly weird.

For most works on view, compositional energy was generated by Borruso’s destabilization of boundaries demarcating

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