New York

Marvin Torffield

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

At Marvin Torffield’s recent installation you enter immediately into a maze of fabric hanging floor to ceiling at the door. You can’t see where you’re going or what you are coming to, but somehow it doesn’t seem as if the fabric corridor is the sculpture, so you keep going, waiting for the maze to end. Strange music starts to come in along the way—at the end of the tunnel there are two loudspeakers on the floor in the cleared gallery space. The music is supposed to be here, it’s part of the piece. Nice music, sort of ’50s jazz. It changes suddenly to loud percussive sounds, bells, gongs, chanting and a roaring jet take-off.

In front of the speakers is a large curved wall—a Minimal piece? It is big, broad and subtly shaped. A single, stark construction. The face of the piece, the side opening to the loudspeakers and the gallery, is made up of horizontal planking fitted together against the

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