Taking public transit is traumatizing enough without having to watch a man dismembered on the tracks. But in Puerto Rican artist Teo Freytes's comic book Estampa Niuyorquina (Image of New York), a blue-collar laborer finishes work for the day, only to have his subway ride interrupted by a suicidal jumper. "All of a sudden, he hears a thump and screaming," Freytes explains. "He looks around, and he sees the place scattered with sausages and ketchup. Then he notices something on the floor that looks like a pumpkin, but he realizes it's a man's head." The artist continues, "He gets a taxi, thinking about how New York has this horrible smell of work, blood, and guts. And he leaves crying."
For the split show A Fragmented Anomaly at Edge Zones, Freytes has reprinted pages from Estampa Niuyorquina and produced a $200 limited-edition version of the book, packaged with three signed miniposters. Now through July 31, his prints will hang alongside 14 deconstructionist experiments by Miami-based collagist Luis Padreda. The two are close friends, and Freytes identifies the link between their work as a shared use of pre-existing magazine and web images. The process is different, but the foundation is the same.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: July 10. Continues through July 31, 2010