Somehow I let the month of September and almost all of October slip by without visiting The Hole gallery to see Mat Brinkman’s PHANTASMATGORIA. On the last day, I managed to slip up to Soho with an hour to spare before closing time. I’ve been a huge fan of Brinkman’s work since his mini-comics days (still have a copy of “Oaf” around somewhere) and then his “Teratoid Heights” and “Multi-Force,” so I knew I was in for a treat.
The exhibit was smallish and took up the first two rooms, but the walls, washed in intense colored lights, were packed with his drawings. I happened to have my Leica with me and also had a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film. Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600 would give the perfect grainy texture and give me just enough light. The colored lights were part of the exhibit and made the work extra creepy, but I’m fond of the grainy look that pushed black and white film gives these pictures.
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