“Arlene Shechet: All at Once”

Institute of Contemporary Art

June 10–September 7, 2015

Curated by Jenelle Porter

For more than twenty years, Arlene Shechet has rigorously worked at the material limits of plaster, paper pulp, and glass. In the past ten, she has also—and with increasing concentration—explored the possibilities of clay. Her experimental work in ceramics demonstrates a fierce aptitude for uninhibited, even overelaborate, sculptural form. Artists such as Jessica Jackson Hutchins and William O’Brien are indebted to Shechet’s ongoing interrogations of brash color, texture, and mischievous display tactics, including mash-ups of functional objects with idiosyncratic figurines. “All at Once,” the sculptor’s first survey exhibition, will showcase some 150 objects created over two decades, including Was Still, 2011, a wonky bronze- and blue-glazed globe that sits slouched on a tower of stacked white bricks, and Can Can, 2012, a delicately cast white Meissen porcelain sculpture reminiscent of a dense clump of confectionery papers.