New York

Perry Bard


While many artists appear to address major political and societal issues in their work, the roster of those who can manage the fluttering balance of social agendas and formal strategies remains quite small. Equilibrium is difficult to achieve; one objective usually rises to the diminishment of another. With this exhibition of powerful confrontational sculptures and installations, Perry Bard raises the standards for politically engaged artists. Bard’s particular focus in this exhibition was the interpretation of justice. Her work is concerned with how the esthetic vision can construct the dimensions of a political environment.

The exhibition included four projects. Shelter and Text from Interview, 1989, consisted of a 17-page manuscript of an interview with “Scott” (a homeless occupant of Thomas Paine Park), a stenciled quotation from the interview about the camouflage of the homeless, and

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