New York

Beverly Semmes

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

For some time now, Beverly Semmes’s sculptural installations have extended bodily forms through an eccentric, winsome Pop abstraction. Recently, her expanded dresses (whose hemlines cascade across the floor into velvety pools or undulating folds) and impossible costumes (without openings for head or limbs) have given way to room-filling forms of stuffed fabric. The centerpiece here was Untitled, 2001, a gorgeous pile of coiled chartreuse soft cylinders or tubular pillows that nearly touched the ceiling. Like most soft sculpture, these bright mils were funny right away and get even funnier with age. The giant pile seemed cartoonishly fecal, or fetal—perhaps it was the epic excremental love-child of Louise Bourgeois and Claes Oldenburg: mom and Pop’s plop. Looking at this glowing excrescence, one noticed a woman behind a desk in the back room of the gallery. She was dressed in a bright

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