Laura McLean-Ferris

Quintessa Matranga

September 2017

The recurrent motif in “Me at 3AM,” Quintessa Matranga’s recent show of seven small, anxious oil paintings, was a thick quilted comforter, which acts as a barrier between a human figure and the ominous, threatening world that she inhabits. … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2017 [TOC]

Michaela Eichwald

June 2017

In recent years, demonstrating one’s own insouciant flexibility, whether professional or personal, has been a matter of economic survival; thus, the shrug emoji has reigned. We are all implicated in variously exciting or pernicious networks:… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2017 [TOC]

A. K. Burns

May 2017

In recent months it has been dispiritingly difficult to visit exhibitions without applying the lens of American politics, but “Fault Lines,” A. K. Burns’s show at Callicoon Fine Arts, couldn’t have been read without it—literally. Language … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2017 [TOC]

Bonnie Lucas

April 2017

Since the 1970s, Bonnie Lucas has been reconfiguring the icks and discomforts of feminine aesthetics, revealing the precise flavor of subjugation imposed by sweetie-pie girlishness. Combining frilly garments, plush animals, hair grips, jelly… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2017 [TOC]

Beatrice Marchi

March 2017

For those suffering from the most standard form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the lack of sunlight in the winter months causes depression. Italian artist Beatrice Marchi’s “Summer in the North with Loredana” opened in the middle of … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2017 [TOC]

Phoebe Collings-James and Jesse Darling

February 2017

One of the seven freestanding components of Jesse Darling’s Liberty Poles (all works 2016) clattered to the floor at the opening of “Atrophilia”in late October, when someone brushed against it. So many signs are ominous in retrospect, but … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

“The Metabolic Age, or How Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos Predicted the Internet With an Egg”

September 2015

Curated by Chus Martínez We, the Outsiders, created by the self-taught Argentinean artist Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos in 1965, is a gigantic egg sculpture that was shown only once before it was destroyed by the artist. The work’s implication… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Nancy Lupo

June 2015

Arresting, disconcerting, and nominally childproof, the centerpiece of Nancy Lupo’s debut exhibition at Wallspace was a suite of sculptures composed of Bumbo-brand baby floor seats (all works 2015). These small, ergonomic plastic chairs were… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

Susan Cianciolo

Bridget Donahue

May 2015

Is it too much to say that the most humane objects—cups, books, shirts, and socks—the things that regularly get intimate with us, often find themselves packed into cardboard boxes? An exhibition of sculptures, costumes, and performance … READ ON

PICKS

Florian Meisenberg

May 2015

In David Foster Wallace’s epic 1996 novel, Infinite Jest, the young tennis-academy student Hal Incandenza dreams of a tennis court with lines and systems so unfathomably complex, they turn to liquid before his eyes: “There are lines going … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2015 [TOC]