New York

Meryl Vladimer and Ted Stamm

Artists Space Exhibitions

Meryl Vladimer. A different kind of portraiture. Traces of presence. The masks and props of actors who have disappeared. On the wall a series of plaster-cast faces progressing from the lobe of an ear to a full profile in the center and back again on the other side. Recollection of a videotape, the head slowly turning to recognition and away. But here the action is frozen, splayed out into a. frieze, the relic of a performance. Another remnant on the floor. Chalk outlines of a figure measuring the room in body lengths. Defining a space in terms of body scale? Yet at the end a frontal face mask, pinned on the wall, stares back at the point of origin. A reemphasis on theater? The staging of an art event?

Two other pieces reinforce the sensation of drama. In one, five cylindrical plastic bags hang in a row, each containing a face mask placed at the viewer’s head height. A tableau of bodiless

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