New York

Ed Mcgowin

Brooks Jackson Gallery Lolas

The iconographical motifs in Ed Mcgowin’s “Country Western Narrative” are the hat, the car, the bottle, the bed, the lamp, the table and the boot. These homely items come together under one roof, so to speak: the main attraction of the show was a 10-foot-high house of galvanized steel. This is in keeping with the latest sculptural mode: an almost ridiculous number of artists have been building little houses recently, enough to last the decade. An acquaintance of mine refers to the homes as “fuck houses”: artists reaching back into their childhoods, re-creating those hideaways where they had “played house,” i.e. explored sex, and externalized sexual roles.

Just so this won’t seem such a peculiar theory of housemaking, let’s look at a few details in McGowin’s. Small cutout sections in his steel house allow the viewer to peer through to the inside. The cut-outs are exactly like peepholes, and

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