Dual Show – New York Before Prozac & Askew

Posted on Oct 3, 2013

Featuring the works of Dorothy Palanza & Ted Chapin

October 5 through 20, 2013

Opening: October 5th 7 to 10 p.m.


Dorothy Palanza

The late 1980’s in NYC were a time marked by economic boom and bust, racial tensions, homelessness and crime. While you could easily score drugs to get high, there were no proven drugs to cure AIDS, and depression colored the landscape. Regardless of Ed Koch’s proclamations otherwise, a malaise, a pall, a frenzied fatigue blanketed the city in a torporous cloud.


By the 1990’s, half of the people I knew in Manhattan were on Prozac – many of whom still are. These works on paper capture moments and moods from the late 1980’s period in New York before Prozac.

NEW YORK BEFORE PROZAC: DRAWINGS 1985-1990, is part of a larger exhibit presented as a solo show (‘THE NEW YORK SERIES’) at the Interkulturelle Kunstwerkstatt, Berlin, Germany, in 2005. And as a solo show at the Launch 17 Gallery, New York, New York, 2012

Ted Chapin

This early 20th century American typewriter has been reconfigured as both a literary and visual art piece. The Internet Age’s first popular search engine was “Ask Jeeves”, now “Ask”. Before search engines, a major repository of raw knowledge about human passions existed in the community of homosexuals. “Ask Q” is a tribute to writers Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, and the other gay American writers who may have once written on a machine such as this. The “Q” key is the only kinetic part of the piece. When pressed it rings the bell at the top. The American Century viewed straight on has stark and unquestioning contrasts of light and shadow. The gay literary men of that era lived in both that light and that shadow as well as in the shade between. They saw the world from different angles. They had a slanted genius, their world askew. This Smith-Corona is frozen in an “askew” geometry in homage to that view.