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Daniel Wheeler

Newspace

Characterized less by the sterile estheticism of sculpture than by the exuberantly inviting playfulness of a children’s jungle gym, Daniel Wheeler’s interactive, almost architectural pieces politicize spatial relations, engaging the visitor with their tightly conceived, beautifully crafted forms. Drawing on Minimalism’s dogmatic monumentality, Wheeler eschews its macho “thereness,” extending its project in order to engage, even seduce, the spectator: his installations have a corporeal quality and present open-ended narratives that can only be completed by the gallery-goer.

Upon entering this show entitled “frontier,” you immediately encountered an over-six-foot-tall tentlike structure. Two armholes with pockets attached extended into the interior of the tent, enticing you to thrust your arms inside and grope about in the invisible space. After the momentary thrill of uncertainty, you

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