Miami

Ceal Floyer, Overgrowth, 2004, medium-format slide, medium-format slide projector, dimensions variable.

Ceal Floyer, Overgrowth, 2004, medium-format slide, medium-format slide projector, dimensions variable.

Miami

Ceal Floyer

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 NE 125th Street
March 11–May 6, 2010

Curated by Bonnie Clearwater

Ceal Floyer has a mathematician’s brain, a phenomenologist’s eye, and—belying the apparent reticence of her Minimalist-Conceptualist amalgams—a conjurer’s showmanship. Moving fleetly between formats (sculpture, video, drawing, photography, sound), the Pakistani-born, London-raised, Berlin-based artist specializes in elegant, witty, circular proposals that could almost be one-liners if they didn’t open onto questionings of perceptual habit and expectation. A bucket, seemingly catching a leak, conceals a speaker playing dripping sounds (Bucket, 1999); a performance is themed around stage fright (Nail Biting Performance, 2001); a bonsai is projected on the scale of a full-size tree (Overgrowth, 2006). This survey, collating some twenty works from 1992 through the present, accordingly promises plenty of practiced bait-and-switch, with cerebral pleasure giving way to rippling disquiet.