Michael Alfe and Dru Kim

BOMB 4 Fall 1982
004 Summer Fall 1982

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Michael Alfe 01

Michael Alfe, a young San Francisco painter, paints pompadoured youths who wander in perspectivally twisted interior-exterior spaces vomiting crystaline lines of jewel-like paint. He paints still lifes whose main element may be blazing lamp shaped like a football. He paints houses squatted in curved spaced landscapes in timeless day-nights with cigarette butts raining onto astro-turf lawns and cubist trees.

His surfaces shimmer with changes from gloss to matte, thick to thin, rough to smooth.

Painful, frightening, and sinister events are rendered elegantly with glistening or velvety paint. The painting here, Space Geishas, was done in collaboration with his wife, Dru Kim.

Michael Alfe 02

Michael Alfe and Dru Kim.

Dru Kim 01

Dru Kim.

Michael Alfe 03

Michael Alfe.

Michael Alfe 04

Michael Alfe.

Luc Tuymans and Kerry James Marshall
92 Tuymans 2 Body
Alan Reid’s Warm Equations by Ted Dodson
218016356 12202016 Alan Reid Warm Equations Bomb 01

The basic conceit of Warm Equations is that a book can abstract the space of conversation typically delimited in front of paintings, that the thematics of a painter’s practice, in this case Alan Reid’s, can be constellated through a chorus of related texts.

Portfolio by Cy Gavin
Cy Gavin Bomb 1

“How does it feel to be a problem? they say, I know an excellent colored man in my town; or, I fought at Mechanicsville; or, Do not these Southern outrages make your blood boil? To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word.

Neil Greenberg & Will Corwin
Neil Greenberg 01

A discussion of urbanism and Staten Island, cartography, and monumental sculpture’s place in modern society.

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BOMB 4, Fall 1982

Georgia Marsh, Paul Bowles, Michael McClard, Olivier Mosset & Fred Brathwaite, and Duncan Hannah. Cover by Mary Heilmann.

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004 Summer Fall 1982