New York

Tishan Hsu

Pat Hearn Gallery

Tishan Hsu’s sculptures have become at once maniacally irrational and maniacally intellectual. They are strange hybrids, seemingly primitive organic creatures and sophisticated electronic machines simultaneously. Cellular Automata, 1989, looks as though it contains Frankenstein amoebas; the piece recalls the site of some successful technological operation. In the wild Feed Forward, 1989, computer-generated images that in themselves seem new forms of life receive a transfusion of human blood. The sinister red-alert emergency telephone on the wall suggests the danger of bringing such viral images to life. Living Color, 1989, suggests that the red objects it contains may be all too dangerously alive. Double Bind, 1989, presents a chest X-ray that seems to radiate with its own uncontrollable life—this seems to be the reason it must be caged and strapped down like a madman. Hsu’s sculptures,

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