New York

Michael Malloy

3 Mercer Street

Another clue found in Michael Molloy’s Shelves. For it’s difficult to pinpoint why these works fascinate me. Ostensibly they’re shelves. each containing a group of collaged objects with an accompanying text. A set of instructions, imperatives, dictating how to manipulate these things and what to expect. But here there’s a disjunction. Perhaps fantasy is the word I want. The objects seem familiar—everyday utensils: a tea strainer, a lock, a flower pot bowl, photographs. And the language prescribes known hand actions—placing, grasping, touching. Yet the projected results, although stipulated logically A to B to C, contradict (expose) implicit assumptions about the effects of action in the world. The construction one makes of reality. Following Malloy’s instructions, one seems to enter into fiction, the realm of imagination. And yet perhaps it is more a world of possibility.

To be specific.

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