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Review: Jonas Mekas/Robert Polidori at Edwynn Houk

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Through March 31, 2012

Collaborative exhibition reunites two old colleagues, Jonas Mekas and Robert Polidori. Mekas is typically noted as a cinematographer and Polidori for his architectural interiors; this exhibition features their work in portraiture. Each with their own unique style- Mekas with film strip segments of well known figures from Elvis and Warholl to John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Polidori with frames of anonymous humanity from India, Syria, Mexico and beyond.

The human connection unites the work; all the figures are seen with the same prominence famous or unknown. The immediate impact of each work holds inviting longer looking. The film strips of Mekas engage with shift, change of moment, gest, or visage. Equally playful and engaging are Polidori's characters. Personality oozes from the car packed with laughing children in Mexico, an elderly Indian gentleman with dreadlocks, and defiant young girl in Cuba.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Edwynn Houk Gallery

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