Middletown, CT

Andrei Roiter

Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University

A Russian artist who divides his time between Amsterdam and New York, Andrei Roiter seems to have cultivated a talent for making himself at home. In his recent show, he inhabited the institutional architecture of the Zilkha Gallery with the resourcefulness of a castaway on a desert island, transforming the inhospitable concrete and carpeted spaces into an art-friendly environment. The installation, Potato Head, 1995, consisted of a series of drawings and photographs encircling the main gallery, and a selection of paintings and sculpture hung in the smaller, chapellike rotunda. A number of works suggested that, in fact, Roiter hoped to escape or be rescued from the cozy nest he had built. Along with a pile of driftwood that might prove useful for sending smoke signals, and a small wooden airplane, there was a heap of mangled cardboard boxes, spackled in drab-green concrete and perforated

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