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Empire of Desire at MediaNoche

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Featured exhibition Empire of Desire A multi-screen installation by Ted Ciesielski March 28 – May 2 Gallery hours: 1 to 7 p.m. and by appointment, Wednesday through Saturday Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Saturday March 28 Artist's talk: 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 MediaNoche, Manhattan’s Uptown gallery devoted to new media, presents Empire of Desire, a multiscreen installation by Ted Ciesielski. The phallic cliché of the Empire State Building returns as a modern-day totem privileging women through its projections. A woman's body becomes a pliable and supple surface for viewing not so much the classic nude but images of the Empire State Building that conceal her. Ciesielski creates an elusive metaphor of power that weds steel and brick to flesh, resolving the public and private spheres in a manner closer to pornography than art and rendering such distinctions senseless by the brute force of the imaging. Think Abu Ghraib. For Ciesielski the "installation is a visual bri