Jack Risley, David Nyzio

This show opened the year with a seductive, ominous vision of biotechnology and the future. Jack Risley and David Nyzio create very different objects, but both construct visual artifacts in which biology’s destiny is technology. Risley’s soft sculptures, made of leather, aluminum, rubber, and fiberglass, are like new limbs waiting for bodies that have not yet been created. They protrude from the wall, as if reaching out to touch the viewer. Some rubber and leather parts slide around the hard armatures like prophylactics. But these sculptures are more than fetishes, they are prostheses: fragments of things reproducing new forms of wholeness. Their resemblance to oversized futurist vacuum cleaners prompts thoughts of sewage, waste, and disposal.

The works by David Nyzio are even harder to pin down. The artist seems to be trying out a great number of ideas, with varying degrees of success.

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