Vito Acconci

James Corcoran Gallery

In his current exhibition Vito Acconci installed five large-scale sculptures. Two gigantic steel bras each entitled Adaptable Wall Bra (all works 1990), ooze little balls of plaster from their wire mesh surfaces. Inside, the “Z” cups are lined with smooth plaster and fitted with little canvas seats, and a tape plays a recording of a woman breathing alternating with music from a radio station. Dwarfed and intimidated by these gargantuan heavy metal bras, a state of worshipfulness is induced in the viewer. They resemble complicated webby cathedrals towering high above the head and suspended at various points by steel cables. At the back of one bra three “eye” clips (half of the typical “hook and eye” bra closure) point toward each other in a moment of eerie tension.

Though an additional three sculptures, each entitled Convertible Clam Shelter, lack the scent of salt and sea, these three

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