Steven Brower

Of all the contemporary work that extends neo-Conceptual art into the realm of architecture (from Tom Burr’s peepbooths to Andrea Zittel’s “escape vehicles”), Steven Brower’s may well be the cutest, which is not to say it lacks substance. If anything, the artist gives you too many ideas to consider, too many forms abundant with associations, and too many clever titles. In “Downsize,” Brower’s first solo exhibition, viewers were greeted with a six-foot-tall yellow pencil, Overwhelming Implement, 1995, leaning against the wall. Any similarity, conceptually or morphologically, to Claes Oldenburg’s work began and ended there. Visitors would then approach the main gallery and, according to plan, bump into a stack of plastic buckets filled with plaster that someone presumably forgot to clear out after the last installation. A look inside the top bucket revealed it to be an objet d’art after all:

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