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Danielle Gustafson-Sundell

Kavi Gupta Gallery | Elizabeth St

The cacophony of competing desires and calls to action—slogans on shopping bags and T-shirts, billboards and bumper stickers—forms a jumbled populist backdrop to our everyday routines. The appeal to aspiration behind the assault is crucial, its demands linked to signifiers of identity. In Danielle Gustafson-Sundell’s recent solo exhibition, “it’s midnight and i’m lonely,” the artist arranged eighty-nine of these sayings—rendered in a range of scruffy but vibrantly colored materials, including felt, denim, corduroy, and wool—around the gallery walls. As the statements competed for hearts and minds, their scale varied widely and their meanings were sometimes opaque. EXTINCT IS FOREVER and I’M HAVING A SIX-PACK ATTACK proclaim their allegiances directly enough; less easily placed are certain questions—IS YOUR KID IN THIS BOX? or WHO NEEDS BRAINS WHEN YOU’VE GOT THESE? Reading across the walls

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