New York

Stuart Sherman

The Performing Garage

The places depicted in Stuart Sherman’s portraits are as diverse as Harper, Kansas,and Istanbul. The validity of what he does with them is something only the residents of each city can confirm or deny. Whirling about the “stage” like a mad street performer, Sherman juggles a bizarre assortment of props and ritualized actions into a nearly incomprehensible but somehow effective melange. If the “portraits” are meant to convey some essential spirit or attitude of each chosen city, then I have a lot of traveling to do. Or, maybe it would be better to stay out of places where one’s steps are rigidly dictated by existing orders (Copenhagen) or where manicured lawns are equivalent to spikey beds of nails (Coconut Grove).

Or maybe I have totally misread everything Sherman has to say. Nevertheless, his performance elicited knowing and sympathetic laughter from a consistently entertained audience,

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