new-york

Aimee Rankin

Postmasters

For the works in this exhibition, “Ecstasy,” Aimee Rankin used a format similar to that of her last year’s show. Suspended from the wall at regular intervals were 13 boxes, the interiors of which are arranged with complex assemblages of miniature images and objects, and the exteriors covered with Formica in colors cued to their themes. Each box represents one “elemental” emotional state within the theme of passion, a division encompassing (to follow Rankin’s narrative sequence) Attraction, Bliss, Perversity, Suffocation, Fury, Sex, Possession, Jealousy, Sadness, Cruelty, Fear, Loss, and Memory. These settings are accessible to the viewer/voyeur through two peepholes in the front of the boxes, while headphones plugged into smaller boxes below provide soundtracks of different pop tunes. The dense melange of sounds, images, and objects, although apparently haphazard, is rigorously organized

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