New York

Sarah Sze

Marianne Boesky Gallery | 509 West 24th Street

The charm of miniature landscape is control plus infinitude, the dollhouse promise of replicating everything at an easily manageable size. Both architects and landscape painters rely on this model-maker’s skill of swallowing whole the world’s ten thousand things and enframing them in a perfect spatial fantasy, so it is unsurprising that Sarah Sze counts among her influences an architect father and a collegiate stint in the painting department. She is now, of course, an installation artist whose accumulative mechanisms work by filling a room with five-dollars-a-gross bits of mass-produced ephemera. Deployed in poised, eccentric combinations, each paper clip or power cord helps to delimit the vectors and textures of a given area.

The “characters” in Sze’s dollhouses might be named inexpensiveness, urbanism, proliferation, plastic, edge-to-edge composition, color, motion, precision, humor,

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