Light From the East

Light From the East

There is something almost clandestine about XOL Art Gallery, which is hidden in a small warehouse between Park Avenue and Tyson Alley in Mount Vernon. To get there from Park, we have to push open a gate and walk down a narrow rocky path through a fenced yard leading to the unassuming, brick structure that has, over the last year and a half, quietly become a gallery. The main house that was once in this yard burned down some time ago, but the warehouse remained. “Is this it?” we ask each other before knocking on the door of the bunker-looking building. 

Through a window we see a Lebanese woman with long, curly black hair get up from a black leather...