An Eye on the Natives


Taking inspiration from the absurdity and wonderment of National Geographic's documentary approach, Bblessing, a new men's clothing boutique in New York's Lower East Side, brings together a handful of their favorite photographers in the group show, "An Eye on the Natives." The collection of nonfiction work opens tonight, 27 July 2006, hasn't been shown elsewhere and was chosen by the artists for their emotional attachment to the images. The upshot reveals a fascination with subcultures— from Janette Beckman's series of the El Hoyo Maravilla gang shot in East LA over the course of a month in 1983 to pictures of men and their weapons drinking tea in the streets of Brooklyn by Phil Knott, and Alfredo Martinez' video that watches him assemble a machine gun to Todd Selby's images of Star Wars fans. Curated by Surface 2 Air (the art collective is a partner in the store), The show runs through 2 October 2006 and you can see images after the jump.

An Eye on the Natives
27 July 2006-2 October 2006
181 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002 map
tel. 01 212 378 8005


Alfredo MArtinez


Derrick Santini


Phil Knott


Janette Beckman