Goings On About Town: Art

by Vince Aletti

Joshua Citarella

The New Yorker


There are only five pieces in this young New York photographer’s solo début, but he’s not holding back when it comes to showmanship. An image of a naked woman, daubed with silvery nitroglycerin and gunpowder, bits of which appear to have adhered to the computer-generated layer of glass that frames it, is a digital tour de force. Citarella’s other pictures aren’t quite as tricky, but, with the exception of a still-life of driftwood and painted rocks, they’re rarely what they seem. A lipstick-red metal cabinet on a concrete floor began life as a toolbox and morphed into something at once commonplace and alien. Through Oct. 19.