New York

Inge Mahn

Diane Brown Gallery

Though in her previous show Inge Mahn amended the exhibition space with subtle but invasive plaster architectural elements that extended the existing structural and plumbing systems, here her intervention is less determined by the specific site.

Falling Crosses, 1991, consists of a dynamic arrangement of human-scaled white crosses, constructed of plywood, wrapped in burlap, and coated with white plaster. While some stand upright, most lean on a horizontal appendage and appear to have toppled over. In one corner, several stacked crosses nearly reach the gallery ceiling. Their instability is disquieting, as collapse appears imminent. The crowded gathering of similar forms, with their pure tone and craggy surfaces, establishes a mood of expectation. What might seem predictable in the use of a module is subverted by the scattered, skewed placement.

The cross is the sign of the institution.

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