Park McArthur, Private Signs, 2014, fifty-five UV-cured ink-jet prints on Dibond, overall 10' 8“ × 12' 4”.


Park McArthur

Chisenhale Gallery
64 Chisenhale Road
January 29–April 3

Absorption is a loaded word in art history, but Park McArthur is not an artist who shies away from the loaded. Two of the more remarkable installations in recent memory are her Posey Restraint, 2014, a straitjacket strung drolly across a doorway between galleries in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York, and her 2014 Essex Street show consisting of twenty portable ramps, via which the artist, who uses a wheelchair, had accessed various buildings from 2010 to 2013. McArthur’s solo exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery, her first in the UK, takes absorption as its theme, and will comprise four new series of works, including one featuring polyurethane foam as its main material and another using superabsorbent polymer powder. The former is made to absorb impact and sound, the latter to soak up liquid. Do you think the result will be a dry, safe, and silent show? Somehow I doubt it.