Image of Angel by Phillip Toledano
It is very exciting for me to see this work by one of my favorite artists, Phillip Toledano, at one of my favorite galleries in NYC, Klompching Gallery.
Almost all of Mr. Toledano's projects connect deeply to the psyche of the American culture in a unique and previously unexplored fashion. This project in particular, A New Kind of Beauty, not only examines the current mood of our societal quirks, but it also steps into a future that is currently unfamiliar to most. We see glimpses of this beauty all around the American media but it is not generally experienced in most of our daily lives. Mr. Toledano brings this front and center in a profound and sophisticated way--by the poses and lighting he has chosen---which is opposite of the normal bright lights and exposed posing we see in the media. Instead of criticizing and judging this new beauty, he has left it as a blank slate--one for which there is no room for us to judge, but instead we can just simply experience.
In this experience, I see a world where the identifiers of self have greatly changed. In addition, the identifiers of sex have been magnified. I see a new type of human being.
Phillip Toledano's exhibition is at Klompching in Dumbo, Brooklyn until October 29th.
Above: See some of Phil's other fascinating projects in books form. (And by the way...Phil is a part-time upstate New Yorker.)