New York

Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe

New Museum

Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe have collaborated for more than six years. Their first projects involved the political and esthetic reclamation of abandoned, decaying buildings in communities in Montreal. The buildings were revived through thematic explorations and installations of sculpture, painting, performance, and theater. In their two-room installation here, they inserted a restless, idiosyncratic collection of natural objects and personal treasures into the comparatively pristine contours of a museum. Fleming and Lapointe’s projects in Montreal required a gritty tenacity, a vision of how art could address the pervasive crisis of psychic and physical abandonment. This installation required them to be pioneers of another kind in order to propose how art could be simultaneously dependent and personal, autonomous and polemical.

Eat Me/Drink Me/Love Me, 1989, examined the pleasures of

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