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Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg

Cohan and Leslie

Systems of social activity and interpersonal communication and the breakdowns that plague them provided the organizing principles for the recent exhibition by the New York–based artist team of Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg. Profuse and appealingly offhanded, the show by the Canadian-born duo featured some fifty jointly produced works that ranged from a sprawl of technically brilliant pale blue and green freestanding polystyrene sculptures to cryptic wall-based arrangements of photos and text-covered drawings. With a taste for collisions between unlikely subject matter—a head-scratching new artist’s book is devoted entirely to alternating images of hockey fights and pieces of fruit, the latter set in strange, Franz West–like lumpy masses of white plaster—Hanson and Sonnenberg have developed an approach that, in its specifics, can occasionally feel like a confoundingly elusive inside

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