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Jared Pankin

Carl Berg Gallery

Jared Pankin’s practice combines sculptural precedents ranging from Baroque tableaux to post-Minimalist scatter with skills more commonly associated with set decorators, diorama builders, taxidermists, and Martha Stewart devotees. The results are quasi-narrative objects and installations fusing naturalism and realism (in scales shifting from the Lilliputian to the life-size) with romanticism, humor, and the decorative. This exhibition, Pankin’s first solo outing in seven years and his one-man debut at Carl Berg Gallery, included seven objects that draw one in with the intimate scale of their parts and dominate with their overall size and gestalt. They harness the dynamism found in some of the artist’s strongest past work while jettisoning much of the cuteness that sometimes hindered the weakest.

Pankin’s new works are scaled-down fantasy landscape fragments, all sharing the title Natural,

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