New York

Lara Schnitger

Anton Kern Gallery

Across a wide spectrum of artistic practice, craft materials are in vogue, with Sarah Sze, Tom Friedman, and Jim Lambie among the many prominent artists using handworked odds and ends such as drinking straws, sugar cubes, and Q-tips in their sculptures. Lara Schnitger seems to take a similarly obsessive pleasure in manipulating objects in her chosen sphere, the musty world of cheap textiles. Filling up the gallery, the artist installed a forest of awkward forms that jutted out in all directions and had to be carefully navigated, suggesting the abundance and eclecticism of a flea market.

Schnitger's humble resources immediately bring to mind the second-wave-feminist work produced by artists involved in Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago's 1972 “Womanhouse” exhibition in Los Angeles (where Schnitger, who hails from the Netherlands, is currently based). Schapiro's call to reevaluate previously

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