Fogel Stapleton and Rebecca Warren

The Showroom

Wobbling and moving continuously, a small drawing of a cat and mouse was pulled along by a motorized device. This was part of a recent exhibition by Fergal Stapleton and Rebecca Warren, and the show’s initial impact was—as with the pair’s previous projects—a heightened sense of confusion. Stapleton and Warren have collaborated a number of times over the past few years, but they seem less anxious to present a consistent statement than to suggest a fractured dialogue. The central presence here, dividing the gallery into two distinct areas, was a pale-blue rectangular box almost as high as the room itself. A red light cast a warm glow on the ceiling, and on Warren’s side of the box she stuck a picture of an erupting volcano. The box divided the space into a boy’s part and a girl’s part, although this was subverted at almost every turn.

Pink was everywhere. A string of tiny rose-colored lights

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