new-york

Inge Mahn

Diane Brown Gallery

Inge Mahn’s sculptures consistently evoke references to common functional objects and architectural furnishings. In an exhibition at P.S.1 in 1981, Mahn constructed a wall of lockers, a row of chairs, and a coffinlike bed that was shrouded in an American flag. More recently, she has produced installations in which columns, banisters, or steps are interjected into an otherwise open exhibition arena. In her exhibition here, Mahn continued to play with simple, reductivist forms, producing a witty distance between her sculptures and the original objects that inspired them. In the front gallery, Mahn restated the room’s interlocking lattice of electrical conduit, water valves, heating pipes, sprinkler system, and Corinthian columns. Placed within this architectural pulmonary system were three columns to accompany the room’s existing one. From these she ran her own fabricated pipes and electrical

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