New York

Andreas Slominski

Metro Pictures

Considering the current climate in New York, it is mildly surprising that Andreas Slominski’s first show here wasn’t shut down by the ASPCA. I can see the headlines now, hear the mayor’s heartfelt vows of support to all the city’s anguished animal lovers. With one exception, the sculptures on view take the form of traps for snaring a menagerie of prey—dogs, cats, fowl, even red deer—though I doubt they ever have been or will be used as such. It is aestheticians, not animals, who are liable to come to grief here.

Why? Because even just to say “sculpture in the form of animal traps” points to the curious way in which Slominski twists the notion of “form.” Form, to some degree synonymous with shape or structure, may be dialectically related to matter, particularly in sculpture; to color, particularly in painting; to function, particularly in architecture and design; and in all fields to content.

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