New York

Alan Sonfist

Galerie Ariadne

Although most of the work in Alan Sonfist’s recent exhibition has been shown before, certain aspects of it have not been previously brought into as clear a focus, and the show warrants their discussion. All parts of the show, including that beautifully monstrous artifact Autobiography of an Abandoned Animal Hole (a 20-foot plaster cast of an abandoned muskrat hole), may be seen either as a suite or a single work, in a manner similar to William Burroughs’ practice of poetic composition. Burroughs begins with a core text; passages are selected from it and grouped into separate poems, parts of which may be repeated in others. The interlocking poems constitute the total work. Like Krapp in Beckett’s play Krapp’s Last Tape, Sonfist makes an annual record of the events of that year in a poetic/romantic language called forth by the quality of his personal and nature observations.

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