THE EMPTY SUIT. Antiques and collectables, the garage 112 West 25th. St

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On sundays they turn the bottom floor of a building at 112 west 25th. street, New York from a carpark into an antiques and collectables market. In the far right hand corner of the market two men in their 50’s have a stall. One of the men sits on a chair with his knees and ankles tightly together like a primary school photo, the man looks guilterly through a magazine full of womens underwear adds, on his balding  head he has a shiny cheap wig.
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The other man is thin and sickly and he wears a bright yellow raincoat and on his face he has white powder ,painted on lips and painted on eyebrows. This man is holding a walkie talkie – he couldn’t convince his partner to do the same.
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Rather than presenting thier antiques and collectables these two men look surrounded and held hostage by them. Deer head hunting tropies look down on them, to their left on a tressel table ;a machine gun, army boots and clothes and a set of boys plastic army men.

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To their right are racks of gun and –  hunting with gun – magazines as well as comics. The comics all star superhereo men punching up bad guys, bad ghosts, bad machines , bad animals and bad dreams….

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As if by means of explanation for all this crude and confused male parphenalia there is hanging in isolation an empty suit. It is a 1960’s office suit with office shoes polished and laid out beneath it.
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