new-york

Clemens Weiss

Ronald Feldman Gallery

In Clemens Weiss’ recent exhibition, entitled “installation & logic/fragment & object,” an amalgam of boxes, pedestals, and frames, crudely constructed from glass sheets and shards, suggests the furnishings of a glass palace. Indeed, everything is mediated through glass. Works that hang on the wall are faced in glass, and freestanding pieces are placed upon an armature of glass columns or inside glass boxes. While the edifices invoke memories of the utopian idealism associated with Modern architecture, they are, in fact, the result of a more subjective, hermetic practice.

In a series of gray painted wooden doors faced in glass and hung on the wall like paintings, transparent glass allows us to see what is presented as if between two microscope slides, yet that which is revealed is not necessarily illuminated. The door is not just an artifact; it also functions as a door. The window opens

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