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Anna Sew Hoy

Karyn Lovegrove Gallery

Over the last few years, Anna Sew Hoy has fashioned sculptures that function as pedestals for bottles of designer fragrances and offered lines of handcrafted jewelry, vases, ashtrays, and paperweights. Her latest outing, in which she paneled Karyn Lovegrove Gallery with whitewashed plywood, turned the space into what looked like a boutique stocked with designer handbags, decorative platters and trivets, and culturally scrambled ethnographic trinkets. Far from offering a high-low cultural critique, Sew Hoy’s latest works suggests more of a post–high-low revelry.

Hanging on resin “finger hooks” around the gallery were hand-built ceramic slabs with handles made of fabric and other materials looped through holes. The basic relationship between hanger and hung, reiterated in the exhibition’s title, “hook & eye,” is central to the works themselves, which include both hook- and peglike appendages

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