new-york

Maura Sheehan

Art Galaxy

Dig it: an installation of 30 car windshields, each with a series of Grecian (or are they Etruscan?) urns painted on the reverse. These windshields are “found sculptural objects”; they are also broken. The gallery’s handout says, “Sometimes the cause of breakage can be surmised from the apparent impact of a stone, a gunshot, or a human head” “Surmised” is the key word. One windshield did look as if it might have taken a gunshot, but few of them appeared to bear the imprint of a skull; in fact, most looked as if they had been screwed too tightly into their frames and had simply popped from the pressure. Cleaned and painted, they seemed to make the circumstances of their decommissioning mild and routine—and they made splendid canvases.

The painted urns, all with the repeated figure of an Etruscan (or is she Minoan?) cow-cult pajama dancer acting up a frozen frenzy, are fun. They could be wine

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