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Artist Daniel McDonald Does the Monster Mash

Daniel McDonald's Alternative Space (Various Figures) (2008).

Sacred monsters are one thing, but are artists really the freak show depicted here? Just ask one. Daniel McDonald's latest figurine-studded dioramas reenact the struggle for autonomy among the creative classes, here protesting the closure of their "alternative space" — a common occurrence in this (till recently) merciless real-estate market, as well as something of a spiritual loss. After all, what happens when you evict a mummy from her pyramid or a warlock from his coven? On view at Broadway 1602 until Saturday.

Photo: Courtesy of Broadway 1602 gallery