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Daniel Wiener

Dorothy Goldeen Gallery

A loopy parade of pre-oedipal playthings surrounded the visitor to Daniel Wiener’s jam-packed exhibition of unnameable sculptural objects. His exuberantly colored, multitextured, and polymorphously perverse configurations of the materials from which household handicrafts arc often made seem to be the real, living fusions of abstract mutant cartoon characters and unattached libidinal energy. You could easily imagine that the strangely familiar things that touched every surface of the gallery and charged every inch of its space resulted from a chance encounter between the 20th-century psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich and the loveable puppets from Sesame Street. It is as if Reich, who is now regarded as little more than a benign crackpot, had gotten his revenge by smuggling one of his patented “orgone accumulators” onto the set of the children’s TV program. Wiener’s own show looks like it was made

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