New York

Alice Aycock

112 Greene Street

Alice Aycock has done some Mannerist carpentering in a work she calls The True and the False Project Entitled “The World Is So Full of a Number of Things.” It is a subtly eccentric pastiche of architectural elements based on the catacombs of St. Sebastian, the Thermae of Titus (after a Piranesi engraving), the circular building in Bosch’s The Temptation of St. Anthony, among other art historical sources. Her recipe aside, it does on the whole look rather like an Escher castle or some erratically proportioned fortification lifted from a Gothic tapestry. On its own terms, it is an outstandingly enigmatic work.

Constructed of sheetrock and wood, three separate components, reaching in places a height of 15 feet, press in on the center of the gallery, grouped around its Corinthian columns, so that they too are activated as part of the design. Like the best Minimalist sculpture of the ’60s, the

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