2 Years of Looking
For their Summer Show, this gallery have taken an interesting approach. They've asked New York-based conceptual artist Erik Hanson to curate the show with works by other artists that have had a profound influence and impact on his own practice. This is all about the vision and choices of one artist - the cats he has come into contact with and the conversations and memories that left a mark. Including the likes of Vaginal Davis, Lucky DeBellevue and Bill Albertini. This is full of weird and wonderful works.
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