Thursday, December 6, 2012

Michael Halsband “8x10” @ Lost Weekend NYC

Is Lost Weekend NYC a gallery? a clothing store? a coffee house? You can’t blame people for wanting to make a living, and I assume if you combine three financially questionable endeavors into one business model, it may make some strange sense. The art part is a little lacking, a show of black and white headshot portraits taken with an 8x10 camera. It is a hard thing to pull off without looking like Richard Avedon, and for the most part, I think Avedon is pretty superficial and dull. Halsband’s pictures, like Avedon’s, feature people from interesting sub-groups and even of some fame, but the stripped-down images with facial expressions ranging from smiles to blank stares rob the subjects of context, leaving the viewer with a lot of surface and not much substance.

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Lost Weekend NYC (45 Orchard St. Btw. Grand & Hester Sts., NYC)


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