Minneapolis

Eric Bainbridge

Walker Art Center

Upon entering Eric Bainbridge’s show of five fake-fur-covered sculptures, one felt a bit like Alice when she tumbled into Wonderland and swallowed a pill that made her grow small. Looming up to 11 feet in height and comprising disparate forms whose identities are often obscure, the works are at once humorous and disconcerting. A low-slung dinosaur with a disjointed tail wears on its back a skyscraper, a ship, and a human head; a colossal swan is laden with a faucet, a rose, a ship, and two bulbous forms that look like furry hassocks. Uncomfortably distorted and abnormal in scale, the works by this young London artist represent more a Wonderland gone awry than a recent development in the tradition of 20th-century British sculpture.

Constructed from chicken wire, plywood, and plaster onto which the fur fabric has been stapled and glued, the earliest works from 1985 are dressed primarily in

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