This strange little portal connected two adjoining patient rooms at the Ellis Island Hospital complex, constructed in 1902 and only used until 1930. Standing about six feet tall, and only about two feet wide, it was the only such passage on the Island. Clearly a retrofit added after the construction of the hospital, the reason for building this oddity is unknown to me, or to any Ellis Island historian I’ve spoken to about it.
Santiago Caruso ~ “The Spectral House”
NAPHULA/27.5x35.5cm (approx 11x14inch) wet plate collodion on black plexiglass/
apparition of twins /27.5x35.5cm (approx 11x14inch) wet plate collodion on black plexiglass/
This was the great cast iron staircase that stood at the center of the Samuel R. Smith Infirmary, an 1890 edifice that stood proudly on Staten Island until a few years ago, when it was demolished to little fanfare. In all honesty, by the point it was demolished, it was probably beyond saving - it would have been prohibitively expensive to rehabilitate the building in its final state. As I discuss in my blog post on the subject, this highlights the generally failed state of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Eric Lacombe ~ "Surreal Sadness"
"In the cave of the mind, ghosts of beings sacrifice bareback risible normality. Eric Lacombe digs holes in the narcissistic body, and these vital flaws, he throws cruel gateways to the unspoken existence. " Flesh color is the world of forms that anxiety is that of interiority: a gap, a gap and, perhaps even more, a wound. That’s why Eric Lacombe figures are not portraits - but the representation of a wounded soul struggling against what would make his death a sign of identity." - Christian Noorbergen, art critic
Special Great Showdowns print! (San Diego Comic Edition)
This print will become available at the Gallery 1988 booth #1806 tomorrow morning. I will be there signing at 11am on Saturday, but if you buy one when I am not there, just bring it by my table at Booth #2743!!!