Alain Séchas

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain

WHETHER IN THE FORM of sculpture, installation, or video, the work of Alain Séchas always retains a sort of primary allegiance to drawing. Using the style of comics and cartoons to put across his bony worldview, this French artist has populated his exhibitions with a playful and appealing bestiary for more than fifteen years. Yet despite its bright colors and superficially cheerful allure, Séchas's world has nothing childlike or sweet about it. If there were a Disney World à la Séchas, it would no doubt feature, in the manner of Paul McCarthy, a guided tour of all our fears, anxieties, and frustrations.

Evidence of this was offered in the spectacular work at the center of this show. Sliding along a rail attached to the ceding was a cat-headed spider, controlled like a giant marionette by a system of cables and counterweights and moving on padded feet. An enormous mobile, an amusing and

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