new-york

Michel François

Curt Marcus Gallery

Belgian artist Michel François is all over the place, moving with vivid ease from photography to sculpture to video, from representation to construction to invention. Better known in Europe, where his work was included in the last Documenta, his first solo show in New York looked like a room temporarily deserted by a gifted child who had neglected to turn the television off. Strung with fistfuls of pasta-colored clay, the giant Necklace, 1993, roped off much of the floor. In French lavatory fashion, a gargantuan lemon of soap cantilevered off one wall; a belt denoting the territory of My Waist If I Was Pregnant, 1991, projected off another. Above a queue of plaster casts, made from the pockets of work pants, hung black and white photographs—stills from the video, Casablanca, 1992–93. A continuously playing cacophony of sights and sounds, this piece showed children shrieking, water gushing,

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