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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Charles Burns

Skin Deep: contents page Charles Burns... Skin Deep: contents page (2001, ink on paper). From Works by Charles Burns, September 5 - October 12, 2008 at Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York, NY. "... Drawn in stark black and white with a distinctive line, Burns' comics range in ambiance from kitschy pop culture nostalgia to bleak horror. Themes of adolescence and sexual awakening mingle with recurrent imagery of mutation, plague, alienation and violence. Drawings from his epic graphic novel 'Black Hole' examine a nightmarish world in graphic detail, tempering horror with exquisite beauty. Overlapping metaphors for AIDS and social breakdown with realistic storytelling about the 'normal' disturbances of teenage life, Burns blurs, or even reverses the line between normal and aberrant."