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Christian Maychack

Gregory Lind Gallery

Art, like nature, is subject to curious mutations. Christian Maychack, whose sculptures envision gooey, anthropomorphized objects and spaces, is clearly well aware of this parallel. His work is as much about transformation as it is about convention. In Notes on Becoming, 2007, for example, a standard pedestal column seamlessly merges with the wall, taking on beveled “geological” edges. The structure’s appearance is indebted as much to Star Trek sets as to the magisterial mountains of Aryan painting. Atop this pedestal are gray, phallic blobs that suggest Henry Moore sculptures subjected to Peter Saul heat lamps. Rigid modernism is thereby gleefully transformed into the spinelessly expressionistic equivalent of marshmallow foam. Here, falling apart and coalescing are equivalent conditions.

Maychack’s penchant for ooze is wonderfully apparent in A Thinnest of Betweens, 2006, in which what

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