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Milena Dragicevic, PamperoBlackPants, 2014, ink-jet print, 46 3/4 × 33 1/4".

Milena Dragicevic

Galerie Martin Janda

Milena Dragicevic, PamperoBlackPants, 2014, ink-jet print, 46 3/4 × 33 1/4".

“It has become clear to me that painting is much like early American wrestling,” writes Milena Dragicevic in the press release for her exhibition “Pampero.” The meaning of this bold, but seemingly dubious, statement slowly unfolded through the seven paintings and five photographic ink-jet prints that made up the show. Its title refers to Pampero Firpo, an Argentine of Armenian descent who in the 1960s and ’70s was one of the world’s most famous professional wrestlers, and who is depicted in some of the prints. Others are more broadly connected to the sport: DiggerBumBlue, 2014, for instance, shows the big, blue-singlet-clad behind of a female wrestler in an awkward close-up. Not every image can be identified by its subject; some are seen from too close or are too blurry, putting them in dialogue with the more abstract-looking paintings. The color of these photos is distorted, too,

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