New York

Ann Hamilton

Louver Gallery

Set within a context of deactivated artifacts relating to her past performances, Ann Hamilton’s new installation, malediction, 1991, is unusual if only because she seldom exhibits in a gallery context. In order to see this piece, one must first pass through a dense layer of musty stained rags wrung into wads and strewn across the gallery floor. The unsettling feeling one has with each step one takes is the product of the combined awkwardness of treading upon art (especially when it takes the form of white rags that dirty with every footprint) and walking on uneven ground.

Malediction is an ascetic environment,that is not morphologically minimalist, but is rather emotionally and atmospherically spare. One enters the installation as if from the rear. A quiet garbled voice issuing from a temporary wall filters into the room. From one vantage point. it seems to come from beneath a wicker casket

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