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LAUNCH F18—FLAGS DOWN: TYLER LAFRENIERE Launch F18 is in Manhattan, but Tyler Lafreniere is a Greenpoint boy (except for his unending devotion to Maspeth, Queens, where he runs Mrs. Gallery with Sara Maria Salamone). Previous installations by Lafreniere, all painstakingly casual, involved hand-sewn jock straps (Comfort and Support), a La-Z-Boy, and Ballantine (Tap the Rockies). Low-key, old-school bro stylings all around. It looks like this new one, his third solo show with the gallery since 2012, has sardines and OSB (oh...
Maspeth isn't known for much, except being a double-ticket neighborhood—to arrive or escape, you have to take the train to the bus, or vice versa. If anything, Maspeth is just known for being Maspeth, and even Maspeth agrees: in an interview with the New York Times, life-long resident Robert Holden said, "When people ask where we're from, we don't say Queens, and we don't say New York. We say Maspeth." That humble, self-assured attitude—paired with...
“I feel that sex, like art, is multifaceted,” Tyler Lafreniere, founder of Brooklyn-based art mag Gypsé Eyes, tells us. “It is at the same time humorous, serious, beautiful, ugly, sad, lonely, joyful, connecting, and entertaining. Often I feel sex in art is positioned as one of these when usually it encompasses all of them. So, in an effort to create a publication which engages the reader while also making them laugh, a bit shy,...