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Artist Alex Da Corte brings eerie neon to New York City in a show at Karma

Artist Alex Da Corte wants you to be scared. In C-A-T Spells Murder, a new show at New York's Karma, the Philadelphia-based artist deploys neon sculpture, video, and neon painting to muse on the feeling of fear and its effects on perception.  
Slow Web, pictured above, uses common building materials like vinyl siding and plywood to foreground a luminous orange neon spider's web, creating an homage to a classic symbol of creepiness. The web is partially detached from its frame, drifting off to the left. How did it break free? Is there a ghost in the house or was that just a strong, cold breeze? Another work, Good Window with Candle (Purple), pictured below, uses the same materials as Slow Web, but the shutter-flanked candle beneath an open double-hung window feels more solitary than sinister. The exhibition, which runs through March 18, is accompanied by a book of short but spooky stories and stories to bring the eerieness out of the gallery and into the world.
C-A-T Spells Murder is up through March 18 at Karma's East Village gallery (188 East 2nd Street). More details on the show and hours of operation can be found here.
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Iván Navarro’s surreal neon and LED artworks now on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Iván Navarro’s Mute Parade exhibition opened this week at New York's Paul Kasmin Gallery. The show features two large works that employ light, sound, and language to engage ideas of migration, propaganda, and power. The first gallery features Navarro’s Impenetrable Rooma labyrinth of six 6-by-6-foot structures outfitted with mirrors and undulating, green neon lights whose interior spaces seem to recede into infinity. The adjacent gallery features two drums, each of them 6 feet in diameter, that incorporate neon LEDs, mirrors, as well a pyramid of six more drums on the rear wall. The interior of each artwork is outfitted with messages that play on the intersection of political and instrumental themes.  Iván Navarro was born in 1972 in Santiago, Chile, during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. He is known internationally for the politically charged messages of his sculptures and represented Chile at the 53rd Venice Biennale. The exhibition, running through late December, will be his second solo show at Paul Kasmin Gallery.  
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Art Installation Casts NYC Water Towers in Infinite Light

By the New York Times' estimate, there are some 12,000–17,000 water towers currently in use within New York City. Frequent hosts for sediment and even harmful bacteria, Ivan Navarro has found a new substance for filling these ubiquitous components of the city skyline: neon light. The material is the Chilean artist's preferred medium, and in a new installation in Madison Square Park he has rendered the words "we" "me", and a ladder on the interiors of three separate water towers. Elevated eight feet above the ground, each of the towers is devoted to one of the aforementioned images. Viewed from below the images appear to extend into infinity. The piece is obtusely title This Land is Your Land (by way of Woody Guthrie) and will be on display through April 13.