New York

James White and Tim Sheward

Casey Kaplan

Just do it. That’s what Nike says. James White and Tim Sheward—former assistants to another British art duo, Gilbert & George—heard, and were moved to create a sweet little homage to that ongoing Brit obsession, the trainer (known stateside as athletic shoes). Dubbed “Plastic Picnic,” the piece consists of twelve lifesize polyurethane foam bendy figures, anthropomorphic versions of Gumby, on a platform about the same size and shape as a boxing ring; in keeping with the cheapo childhood-toy theme, the figures tend to be kind of ragged around the edges, as if the molds didn’t quite match up. Decked out in the latest leisure wear, which is painted directly onto their posable bodies, they writhe around on crash mats, their squishy torsos and feet emblazoned with logos from Nike, Reebok, and Adidas (this last is kind of a retro look, Adidas being Old School gear); the overall effect is not

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