New York

Keith Edmier

Petzel Gallery | East 67th Street

For Keith Edmier’s recent show, the window of the gallery had been altered to accommodate a single form, Nowhere (Insideout) (all works 1995), convex on the inside, concave on the outside, which consisted of an acrylic cast that pushed forward into the gallery, ulcerating the interior space with a gorgeous, incandescent amethyst glow. The diagonal fissure across its center could, in the psychosexual reading that finds a phallus in every protrusion and a vagina in every concavity, have suggested a wound, but the central fissure’s spiky, crystalline structure soon laid such interpretative impulses to rest. Departing from the biomorphism of the overall form, this faultline suggested, rather, the mineralization of the invisible pressures that create such a bulge. Here, at the point of maximum extrusion or compression, biology becomes geology, the elasticity of the bubble—its organic motivity

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