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Slacker (Art) New York
Matt Keegan
I (apple) New York
Reviewer #1
video clip of ‘Seinfeld’ Source: damelioterras.com
video clip of ‘Seinfeld’

Is it possible to be a highly intelligent young conceptual artist and yet still be a mensch? In the case of Matt Keegan the answer is a definite seems so.

His installation of photographs, books and occasional objects at D’Amelio Terras Gallery is surprisingly good-natured. The show’s name “I <apple> NY,” (you know the logo,) is a slacker-ish celebration of life in the New York slow lane. We are not asked to consider the horrors of growing up rich in the suburbs, nor are we hit over the head about the shallowness of American pop culture (or is it the richness of pop culture? I always get it confused.) Indeed, there is barely a hint of irony to be found anywhere.

Keegan has taken the traditional bare-prints-tacked-to-the-wall-in-odd-places style beloved of an earlier generation of artists and appropriated it for his own purposes. Those purposes being to show some pictures he took while walking around in New York and Brooklyn. He saw a lot of things: two manhole covers with similar, but not the same design, two men affectionately walking down a street in the Village, a nice bike parked in front of a neighborhood store, two pretty women who let him photograph them, and an artist friend. It was really just a very pleasant time. Nothing flashy, no decisive moments encountered.

Installation view of I (apple) New York by unidentified photographer. Source: damelioterras.com
"Installation view of I (apple) New York"

The installation itself is a little bit like walking around in New York City looking at things (albeit much drier.) Or like whiling away an hour on Flickr after searching for “New York City,” but without all the pictures of Times Square. It’s very much like watching an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ (which Keegan has conveniently posted on the gallery web-site) when you should be writing a witty, but penetratingly insightful, critique of current trends in the New York art scene.

Whatever.

Matt Keegan
I (apple) New York


D’Amelio Terras Gallery
525 W 22nd St. Ground Fl
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212 352 9460
damelioterras.com

Saturday, April 23 to
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Hours: Tues-Sat, 10 to 6
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