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by Sheena Sood

Brooklyn fashionistas might be familiar with Harriet's Alter Ego, a women-run Brooklyn boutique. It opened eight years ago and continues to showcase clothing collections and one-of-a-kind pieces made by owners Hekima Hapa and Ngozi Odita . The back of the store also houses a small art gallery showcasing monthly exhibits by emerging artists. Next week artist Nathaniel M. Quinn will put up his display of new charcoal drawings on paper. The show, entitled "Deception, Animals, Blood, and Pain," consists of a series of mixed-media drawings of mink and fur coats that reference the "human-animal relationship." The artist writes, "The aim of the drawings is to create a visual aesthetic where the physical destruction of an animal's flesh is synonymous with that of one's heart and soul."

Nathaniel M. Quinn grew up in inner-city Chicago and received an MFA from NYU in 2002. His work has been exhibited at the Rush Arts Gallery, Brooklyn Borough Hall and The Children's Museum of the Arts. Quinn's awards include the NIA, The Hustling Award and The National Arts Club Award.

Deception, Animals, Blood, and Pain
Opening Reception: 2 March 2008, 3pm
2 March-29 April 2008
Harriet's Alter Ego
293 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11217 map
tel. +1 718 783 2074

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