new-york

Gretchen Faust

Pat Hearn Gallery

In her five performances, enacted over five successive Mondays, Gretchen Faust subtly transformed different areas in an open, semi-raw loft space, using objects fabricated or arranged for each event. Prior to the first performance, one could see the various areas as fixed sculptural installations. A row of 100 shovels was laid along one wall and a wooden crib lined with moss and green velvet was placed against another. At one end of the room, sheets of tin covered the floor, and a large circle of black silk lay in the center. A white silk scarf several yards long was wound between two windows. In a bay between two pilasters, brass plaques bearing the inscription “so schlafen unsere Sünden ein” (So all our sins will fall asleep) were fastened into a pristine, whitewashed wall. The entire room resounded with potential energy.

In each performance, Faust engaged a different sculpture. She wore

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