by Efrem Zelony-Mindell
Art Writer and Curator
Gnomic Book, 2019.

What does queerness look like beyond the body? newflesh, a new project published by Gnomic Book in September 2019, will challenge conventional notions of gender and identity studies. A collection of works by 68 artists, and essays by Charlotte Cotton and Ashley McNelis, newflesh hopes to reclaim certain ideas of what queer is capable of.

All too often, the body is used as a form of control. The works in newflesh ascend peculiarity and convention. It’s by removing titles and preconceptions that these works question the expectations around photography that deals with the body. It’s my hope that making room to question the status quo in this way will lead to new paths of equality and interactions between us as individuals. New concepts and conversations may be hard, but it is time to start having them.

The artists in newflesh abstract the subjects and materials they use. These works embody a mastery of what is possible in front of the camera, as well as technologically once the photo has been made. These images force us to look beyond the familiar, so that we may see them for what they could become.

newflesh has been featured as a collected portfolio of 9 works in DEAR DAVE, Magazine as well as a 15 artist group show at New York’s Rubber Factory. In conjunction with the publication of newflesh by Gnomic Book, the project is having its second iteration show featuring 22 artists at The Light Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina. newflesh has also been featured in Humble Arts Foundation, Feature Shoot, The Intercept, and Filthy Dreams.

Words by Gnomic Book


Un'apparizione di duperfici,

by Luca Panaro
Art Critic - Curator

Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan. 2017

I'm honored to be featured as part of the book Un'apparizione di superfici by Art Critic and Curator Luca Panaro. The catalog is intended to be used with academic purposes at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan, and it consists of a catalog of International artists such as Thomas Ruff, Daisuke Yokota, among others.  The book contains an essay and commentary of the work featured, written by Mr. Panaro.  It is my pleasure to be part of this project which I hope will help other future artists in their careers. 

Article in VOGUE Italy

At the threshold of the Duemila, photography seems to have finally found its true vocation," recites the fourth cover of Luca Panaro's last book, A surface appearance. Vocation that goes in the opposite direction to what is often asked, complicates years of studies and research that have seen it more as a sociological and iconographic instrument. It is this latter aspect that investigates the author, analyzing how, with the increasingly massive use of dedicated smartphones and apps, a new aesthetic is emerging characterized by a narrow and two-dimensional view. The edge of a table, the marbling of a marble slab, the detail of an object, or parts of our body. Altered colors and saturated colors, then, reinforce the abstraction to which the images approach, without losing reference to reality. They can be made with the optical counter or with a smartphone, little change because the subject is always close, decontestualized. Cultural, social, and semiotic references are of secondary importance in the face of these fragments that demand to be looked at without the glasses of history. Just take a look at the shots that every day are posted on the profiles of bloggers and igers to understand how, in this way of thinking and producing images, one can find an iconography of the present.

These premises respond to the work of the 36 authors taken into account in the second part of the book, a significant but not exhaustive selection of those who, more or less aware, over the last few years have addressed the issues just outlined:

Jessica Backhaus, Giulia Flavia Baczynski, Bjarne Bare, David Benjamin Sherry, Simone Bergantini, Ronni Campana, Gigi Cifali, Matteo Cremonesi, Louis De Belle, Giuseppe De Mattia, Izaac Enciso, Tobias Faisst, Christiane Feser, Ryoichi Fujisaki, Maxime Guyon, Nicolai Howalt, Kensuke Koike, Taisuke Koyama, Anouk Kruithof, Jessica Mallios, Giulia Marchi, Esther Mathis, Atsushi Okabe, Eileen Quinlan, Jean-Christophe Recchia, Thomas Ruff, Marco Scozzaro, Zhou Siwei, Enrico Smerilli, Michele Tagliaferri, Andrea Tesauri, Sonja Thomsen, Davide Tranchina, Maurice Van Es, Tyrone Williams, Daisuke Yokota.




Oranbeg NET 1.14
Curated by Roxana Azar & Ginevra Shay
Oranbeg Press
Brooklyn, NY., 2015

Online exhibition and publication catalog.