New York

Tom Otterness

Brooke Alexander Gallery

Tom Otterness fashioned a race of standardized cylindrical figures, genus homo Babariens, and put them around the middle space of this gallery in friezes at the tops of the walls and as an entry gate around the door leading into this space from the outer room. White as the walls themselves and suavely tucked against the soffit, these bas-reliefs of cast, squatty, distinctly Babar-like people told a number of stories simultaneously. The characters divided into female, male, a King, and some androgynous small fry. The mass of them were hard at work, mostly carrying a large spherical load or a stocky cylinder. On the left side of the room a long sequence had a surging row of single-file females moving toward the back wall. Similarly, a comparable array of male figures, the crowned King waving from his car in their midst, marched along the right wall. Once arrived, their same-sex congeniality

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