New York

Nick Mauss and Shelby Hughes/Christian Holstad

Daniel Reich Gallery

Daniel Reich made his reputation as a bright young thing with an idiosyncratic series of shows in his Chelsea apartment, and with this debut exhibition at his new gallery location, he kept their exuberantly cluttered sensibility alive in this more conventional space.

The first show was an inspired juxtaposition of work by Christian Holstad and recent Cooper Union graduates Nick Mauss and Shelby Hughes. Mauss and Hughes’s project “Magnetic Living” is a loose-knit cluster of found, gently manipulated, and patiently handcrafted objects and part-objects that hints at New Age mysticism, backwoods totemics, and the time-killing hobbies of prisoners and the elderly. Though twenty-two sculptures are noted on the checklist, the effect is of a total environment allowed to accumulate over an indeterminate period. Works fed into one another in a free flow of materials and moods that, at its best,

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