san-francisco

David Kezur

Haines Gallery

From Bruce Conner and Edward and Nancy Kienholz to Mike Kelley to Bay Area newcomers like Nayland Blake and René de Guzman, found-object (and purchased-object) sculpture has such a rich history in California that I am continually surprised that it has not yet played itself out. It is as if the hard detritus of contemporary life were a compost that—mixed with artistic intelligence—is perennially capable of sprouting new forms.

David Kezur, who now lives in New York, began making poetic structures of salvaged junk while he was living on the West Coast. Many of the components of his works suggest body parts—nipplelike earplugs, earmuffs, turned-wood caps of newel posts whose shapes tempt the hand—and the untitled pieces in his latest solo show, though simple in form, elicit complex, visceral effects. His more elaborate pieces bring to mind the sculpture of Donald Lipski in their use of various

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