“Country Sculpture”

L’Usine/Le Consortium

Under the deliciously absurd title “Country Sculpture,” this exhibition—the invitation to which depicted Dolly Parton in full regalia—brought together one or sometimes two works by each of the following artists: John Chamberlain, Robert Grosvenor, Bertrand Lavier, Matthew McCaslin, Anita Molinero, Bernard Pagès, Nancy Rubins, Frank Stella, Jessica Stockholder, Jacques Vieille, and Carel Visser. The gist of this entire operation—which can be easily inferred from the title “Country Sculpture”—was the notion that the country-dweller feels cramped in the city. The show’s theme, manifested differently in each of the various rooms, was filling up the space to the limit, if not to excess. This was immediately apparent, as the work was nearly spilling out the Consortium’s door, the first room of which was occupied from floor to ceiling with a pile of large wooden boards separated by columns of

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