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Mayer Spivack

Mario Diacono Gallery

Mayer Spivack’s quirky neo-Surrealist assemblages of found and fabricated objects track the development of this reclusive artist’s highly personal vision from 1954 to the present. The 14 sculptures presented here are divided for the purpose of this show into “Shrines” and “Golems.” The nine shrines physically and thematically resemble small altarpieces, while the five golems are totemic and idolized. All address issues of ritual and fetishism, and like the best works of H. C. Westermann, they play the anthropomorphic, the inanimate, and the organic off each other with a combination of wit and archetypal force. Working with refuse from tenement basements, abandoned shipyards, street gutters, and tide-washed beaches, Spivack reassembles abandoned vestiges of civilization in nostalgic, frequently apocalyptic vignettes.

Cracked Chest, 1990, is the most complex and meticulously constructed work

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