By Alex A. Jones
MAY 2019 | ArtSeen
Michelle Handelmans body of work Hustlers and Empires, of which a new installment currently appears at Signs & Symbols Gallery in the Lower East Side, is a symbolically-layered, operatic examination of the hustler. Here the label encompasses those who transgress societys norms as a way to survive, and those who must survive in spite of their transgressions, including the sex worker, the pimp, the drug dealer, the addict, the queer outsider. The newest film, LOVER HATER CUNTY INTELLECTUAL, focuses on a character who is in fact a layering of persons, portrayed by the queer feminist artist/activist Viva Ruiz, whose performance is partly autobiographical and partly inspired by the libertine 20th-century novelist Marguerite Duras.
By Siyona Ravi
FEB 2019 | Critics Page
Despite the potential of this burgeoning movement and successes so far, it can still be hard not to feel defeated by the crushing weight of the changes to the city. But as we’ve seen, New Yorkers continue to persist.