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Anissa Mack

Flitting restlessly from reference to reference, Anissa Mack’s work can be confounding in its seeming impatience with any given format, period, or place; it is almost as if the New York–based sculptor is anxious about the possible limitations of a too-intimate association with the themes she addresses. “Your Past A Star,” her first exhibition at Small A’s diminutive Lower East Side space (the gallery was formerly a Portland, Oregon, fixture) was suitably compact, but also diverse enough that it practically did the job of a summer group show. The ten recent works assembled did share some common ground—a preoccupation with craft and folk art predominated—but one couldn’t help wondering what a more focused display might have achieved.

As the press release suggests, a potential if tenuous common denominator in the show might have been an effort to trace continuities through history. The idea

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