“Words are the furniture of the mind.”

Looking at Nancy Dwyer’s work is a bit like being Alice in Wonderland, precipitously shifting scale while sipping and munching from EAT ME/DRINK ME containers. There’s a curiously compounded sense of danger and fun in being simultaneously unsettled by their huge scale yet comforted by their familiarity.

These refreshingly eccentric paintings and sculptures provide us with a very different kind of involvement with art, one predicated on pleasure and accessibility, on an easy negotiation between the domains of public and private, mind and body, “high” art and popular culture. The bulk of Dwyer’s sculptural work consists of single words enlarged to furniture size, instead of ensconced and nicely in control on the printed page. Stay, urges a white leather bench in the shape of the letters of the word. (But what will happen if I obey?) There are also canvases

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