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Trenton Duerksen and Aaron King

Guild & Greyshkul

Every so often, an exhibition comes along that displays a real exuberance, a delight in the act of making or transforming before which ideals of formal resolution seem irrelevant. Trenton Duerksen and Aaron King’s recent appearance at the late lamented Guild & Greyshkul (this was the much-admired gallery’s penultimate project, preceding a last multiartist hurrah) was one such show. In this heterogeneous array of likably rough-and-ready sculptures, the identities and imagined agendas of the young artists ultimately mattered less than an overall atmosphere of energetic experiment. The room fizzed with ideas, certainly, but didacticism was refreshingly absent.

Duerksen and King set great store by the process of making by hand. Even the more “manufactured” works here betray a certain amount of by-eye approximation, and there’s a sketchiness to most of them that suggests an instinctive commitment

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