New York

Markus Baenziger

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Markus Baenziger makes sculpture out of Plexiglas and synthetic resin and rubber: filmy, opalescent stuff that looks like it might not really be there after all. Which is just fine, since what he makes out of it might not really be there either. There’s a piece called Soft Landings (all works 1995), a pile of towels made of synthetic resin and rubber indented in the center as though something had dropped there from above. Then there are three works all entitled Nocturnal Trail, frosted synthetic-resin pillows resting on top of Plexiglas cubes, with depressions indicating where the dreamer’s head would rest. Inside there’s a whirlwind (made from the same translucent stuff) rising out of—or descending down to—a covered wagon. Agitator, as its title suggests, is literally the agitator from a washing machine, made to look as though it were spreading slowly across the floor. The covered wagons

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