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Artist Alexey Kallima Chutes and Scores

From the series Chechen Women's Team of Parachute Jumping and Its Virtual Fans (2008).

Alexey Kallima's lucent sketches pop off the paper, like a scene in a coming-of-age flick where the brooding girl is sketching instead of socializing at lunchtime, and suddenly her drawing and her fantasies come to life. Kallima is a Chechen refugee, and his drawings and paintings of what he's named the Chechnya Women's Team of Parachute Jumping and Its Virtual Fans are intended to show the segregation of his broken culture — you'll notice that each woman is an island (in a snazzy outfit) of her own. Up at Lehmann Maupin through October 18, they would make a neat scene in a Thora Birch movie; they are also the coolest-ever advertisement for Converse high-tops.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY