New York

Paul Myoda

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

In Paul Myoda’s recent show, gawky, faux-rock sculptures snaked along the walls or dangled from the ceiling; one, with gaping maw, remained rooted to the floor. Cast in Styrofoam and gypsum resin with artificial stone aggregate, these varied creatures presented polymorphous, loosely modeled surfaces, which in the sculptural tradition typically signal a susceptibility to forces beyond individual control. But Myoda’s works could not be further from overwrought Hellenistic figures or Rodin’s fallen heroes; in fact, they look more like props for a Godzilla flick. In their incarnation as Claymations, in Myoda’s video Gargoyles, 1995, the creatures emit guttural sounds somewhere between human speech and animal noises, burbling “gar gar” and “goyle” in gravelly voices as they jerkily engage in what resemble mating rituals. Their genders, however, are as vague as their outlines. Nebulous and

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