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Karen Lederer was mid-move when I visited her, so all the good stuff was piled in a corner: a fried fish bag from Martha's Vineyard (unused), scraggly paint tubes, we-are-happy-serve-you Anthora cups (also unused) and some unavoidable, omnipresent LaCroix cans. Because Karen was born in New York City, she pronounces 'LaCroix' like it's French (la kwah). I'm from the midwest, where LaCroix was born (in the 80s, like me) so I know that this sparkling bev is actually from La Crosse,...
Maia Cruz Palileo Palileo’s studio is located within the labyrinthine confines of the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. Part of a huge warren of studio spaces offered to artists at a reasonable rent by the Chashama Foundation, the space itself is intimate, made only more so by the intensely moving nature of Palileo’s paintings, whose subjects gaze out almost unnervingly at all who enter. Palileo—a 2008 graduate of the MFA program at Brooklyn College—paints,...
Daphne Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick works (and lives!) in what she describes as one of Williamsburg’s last remaining “grand dame” buildings, a century-plus-old factory not far from the BQE, which she has inhabited for the last twenty years. The light-filled space is sparsely populated by Fitzpatrick’s sculptures and photographs, but what’s there has an immediate impact, one that is no less unsettling despite the works’ whimsy and evident humor. There’s a human-sized baguette, leaning jauntily against one...
Tracy Miller A recent recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Miller only recently moved into a studio distinct from the workspace in her home. While she admits to missing the convenience of working from her house, the soaring ceilings of her Sunset Park studio have allowed her to further open up her work, and employ far larger canvases. Miller’s paintings represent an interesting dichotomy in that, at first glance, each work seems to embody the...