David J. Getsy

  • McArthur Binion, DNA:Work, 2020, ink, oil stick, and paper on board, 72 × 48". From the series “DNA:Work,” 2014–.

    McArthur Binion

    With the debut of his “Under:Conscious Drawings” series, 2014, at Gray Warehouse, McArthur Binion asked us, again, what the Minimal surface gives and what it withholds. Each of the works on paper is more than four feet square and features a central pool of crowded marks in colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, or ballpoint pen. Using both hands simultaneously, the artist filled his visual field up to the length of his arm span. His choice of drafting implement affects the density and scale of his marks, yet each roughly circular form is meticulously consistent in its comprehensiveness.

    The drawings

  • View of “José Santiago Pérez,” 2020.

    José Santiago Pérez

    One of the most common and simple of functional objects, the basket offers a gathering. Its usefulness relies on its ability to keep its contents together. José Santiago Pérez’s compact sculptures of this form appear to have unraveled and ruptured. They seem able to hold nothing. The coiled fiber basket has been an ongoing concern for Pérez, who sees it as a repository of millennia-old traditions and as an ongoing but often overlooked contemporary craft practice. Historically, its fabrication has involved wrapping long grasses and rushes into spirals, layers of which are bound together to

  • Cassils, Fountain, 2017. Performance view, September 16, 2017, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. Background: Cassils, PISSED, 2017. Photo: Vince Ruvolo.


    MAKE NO MISTAKE: Cassils’s work comes from rage. PISSED, the centerpiece of their exhibition “Monu-mental”at Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York this past autumn, testifies to that anger. Exhibited as a massive glass cube containing two hundred gallons of the artist’s urine surrounded by the containers used to collect and carry it, PISSED addressed a transgender political struggle via a formal language at once confrontational and uncompromisingly austere.The work was sparked by the Trump administration’s spiteful, reactionary decision to rescindan Obama-era executive order that endorsed the rights