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Writing Posted Dec 15, 2021
By Samuel Te Kani
A steamy window in a wooden frame. There are two hand prints in the steam and a pair of lips.Obadiah Russon, 'Fool’s Paradise', 2021

“Between CONCUBINE’s harried wall-mural and the spidery polish of Howe’s renderings there’s a fabulous feedback, like the lines of each artist’s hands were shaking lustily, and perhaps still shake with unashamed cravings for abundant pleasures and emancipation, in equal measure.”

Samuel Te Kani reviews CRUEL OPTIMISM at Artspace Aotearoa (5 November 2021–4 February 2022).