New York

Lucy Gunning

Greene Naftali Gallery

Lucy Gunning believes in grace, and in the painstaking, repetitive, often abject effort grace requires. A video artist with a background in sculpture, Gunning takes as her bailiwick the small, demanding, odd performance, the strange and resonant action undertaken not for show, but out of the goofy, risky exigencies of private challenge: women pretending to be horses; the artist circumnavigating a room without touching the floor. Her recent installation, Malcolm, Lloyd, Angela, Norman, Jane, involved more syncing and aural overlay than most of her previous pieces, but her subtext remained the same: the seriousness and bathos of concentration and concerted effort. As this show demonstrated, Gunning’s formal instincts, which are subtle and elegant, combined with her obsessive subject matter, result in fluent descriptions of awkwardness and perseverance.

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