Critics’ Picks

Actualisation, crystal balls, 1998

Actualisation, crystal balls, 1998


Eva Rothschild

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street
April 18–May 13, 2001

Poised between faith and failure, the work of Eva Rothschild exudes a melancholic ambiguity. In this show—the Irish artist’s London solo debut—she demonstrates the subtle emotional power of her magic-minimalist approach. Rothschild’s trademark technique is to alter and weave together two different found posters. While this process might suggest the coziness of craft, the imagery employed tends toward the cosmic. In Rhythm + Knowledge, 2001, an intertwined pair of fluorescent squiggles emerge from a matte-black ground, while Absolute Power, 2001, features orbiting planets and beams of light. Among four sculptures included is Disappearer, 2001, a multihued burst of incense sticks. The suggestion is one of a culturally tainted but perhaps still salvageable belief.