Toronto

Mark Gomes

Isaacs Gallery

Mark Gomes’ show is comprised of two large works connected in theme. Untitled is an 8-foot high, roofless passageway made of wire-mesh fencing. Its door is a mass of twigs encased in the same fencing, and framed with untreated lathing. The piece is like the skeleton of the walls of a passageway, a pared-down hallway missing its plaster clothing.

The Narrows is also a passageway of sorts—two “parenthetical” fences, placed back to back, form a funnel. In the middle, a large oxidized-steel box suspended between the two fences rotates on a central axis and blocks normal passage. One side of this box is faceted, like a jewel. When this side faces down, the box looks like a cradle, and when it faces up, the box becomes a coffin. When it is in motion, the changing aspects suggest a birth/death continuum.

Metal fencing is an uncompromising material; it usually keeps people in or out. Entering the

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