New York

Vincent Shine

Park Avenue Armory

An enormous “fruiting body” clung to the side of a white pedestal halfway down a narrow space off the main gallery. Situated between the fragile clover and the precious gold bug, this agglutination (which the artist describes as “tomentose,” “blood red when wounded”) looked like an obscene quantity of plasticene pushed into a provisional place, its surface carefully smoothed and articulated to resemble something—but nothing I’ve ever seen; possibly viscera, though the context suggested fungi. Its worked surface retained the familiar marks of figure modeling: the plane of the knife, little divets, burrs, and gobs, and a few knee or shoulder gashes as if it had been squashed by visitors. Below it, also clinging to the pedestal and of the same material, a curved form like the base of a column wrapped around two sides. The material used in this piece was actually neoprene, cast and stiff. As

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