• Kelly Mark

    Tracey Lawrence Gallery

    As public sculptures step down from their pedestals, they struggle to establish a rapport with the person on the street. Most cities are inhabited by a few loitering bronzes, listlessly shaking hands, tipping hats, or sitting at metal boards awaiting chess partners. As visual gags, these ersatz comrades suggest activities for, while reiterating the intended function of, communal zones of rest and transit. “Private Conversations with Public Statuary,” 2003–2004, a series of videos by Kelly Mark (the first three of which were shown here), takes up this offer of sculptural amity and documents the

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