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The affective tourists: Holly King and Rehab Nazzal

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Half of the Holly King show at Art Mûr is a retrospective. She’s been doing this for 30 years. I’ll confine myself to addressing the new work, though it’s worth noting that while her work has become warmer in hue, it’s also become less romantic in tenor. Made up principally of photos and a few viewing contraptions, A la frontière du mystère features studio created landscapes blown up as large photo prints. Sometimes the backdrops to these images are painted with loose brush work in swirling Sunday painter style as mildly whimsical skies. Sometimes they are enlarged, glossy tourist getaway brochure type images filled with glinting pebbles. In both cases, she places what amounts to still lifes of largely dead plants and the occasional gewgaw in the foreground and in focus. Sometimes these are a bit glittery to play against the background. The few smaller, strictly still lifes against black play this angle more, covering the dark grounding with what looks like a shower of dandruff, or maybe it’s glitter.
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Julia Martin’s DAYS ENDING IN WHY at AXENÉO7

DIM LIT WHITE CUBE WITH NARROW SLITS
SUMMARY:
“BAD-TOUCHED-HYPER-SEXED-GRIEF-STRICKEN-FAT-GIRL-CLICHE”i
LESS SPECIFIC LABEL: GENERIC ALL CAPS HIPSTER ARTii
TIES SEX WITH WORK AND PAIN
INSTAX PHOTO HEAPS IN A TRANSPARENT SHELLiii
FAMILY/FRIEND & FELINE ARCHIVESiv, SHORN DOWN TO INSTA-NON-MEMORIESv
HEAPS OF PAPER AT THE FOOT OF CONDO MINIMAL FRAME JOBSvi
HEAPS OF PAPER TO MOP UP AN EXCESS WITHOUT AN EXCREMENT
PROJECTED EMAILS, FLOWERS AND BODY FRAGMENTS
CAR ADVERTISEMENT PATHOSvii
“A SIGH IS AN EMOTIONAL RESET”viii (more…)