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Elad Lassry at The Kitchen

View of “Elad Lassry: Untitled (Presence),” 2012, The Kitchen, New York. Foreground: Untitled (Wall, New York), 2012. Background, from left: Woman 065, 2012; Woman 071, 2012; Man 077, 2012; Men (055, 065), 2012; Woman 084, 2012; Man 044, 2012; Woman 097, 2012; Woman 055, 2012. Photo: Jason Mandella.

ELAD LASSRY remade the Kitchen’s gallery space for his “Untitled (Presence).” Entering through a parabolic arch, you immediately confronted a wall with a long rectangular opening at eye level. Beyond that stood a medium-height wall whose top was scalloped and painted bright pink and green. (Lassry has an unfailing sense for hideous colors.) Through the scallops you could catch glimpses of photographs on the back wall. These deliberately clunky framing devices were presaged in the room demarcated by the arched and slotted walls. There, projected directly on the gallery wall, was a looped 16-mm film, Untitled (Eggs, Eyes), 2012. The “eyes” were mechanical cat-eye-shaped slots that opened and shut to reveal and conceal three wooden plinths of varying heights, each one painted a different color. Such plinths have appeared in Lassry’s work before, both as pedestals to display still-life

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