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Published on Mar 27, 2012
James Kalm creeps into La Mama's La Galleria just before the opening of the Arch Connelly exhibition to bring viewers and unobstructed view of this timely work. Coming to prominence in the late seventies and early eighties, Arch Connelly established his artistic presence creating exuberant works that straddled the realms of painting and sculpture. Beginning with a formalistic notion of the theory of design, Connelly selected a group of clichéd motifs, and treatments, which he extrapolated to an outrageous extravagance. Going beyond the "good taste" of the Pattern & Decorative movement, and employing a large dose of gay erotica, he pushed his assemblage into the risky area of high kitsch, and became one of the founders of that East Village movement. He died of AIDS related complications in 1993 at the age of 43. A musical introduction is provided by Peter Lewy.