San Francisco

Kathryn Spence

Wirtz Art

The press release for Kathryn Spence’s recent exhibition outs her as “an avid birder, gardener, and conservationist,” yet the sculptures—fastidiously arranged bundles of refuse, some of which resemble taxidermied animals—suggest another identity, that of flaneur. While looking at the show, it’s easy to imagine the artist keenly observing the city as she wanders streets, harvesting the bits of refuse used in her work. The listed materials—magazine clippings, plastic bags, string, wire, newspaper—are just the sorts of things abundantly available in gutters and alleys.

Titled “Cloudless White,” the show comprised a series of objects grouped into arrangements that cohered to varying degrees. Untitled (all works 2009), which sat on a table, resembles a homespun assembly line, featuring a heap of blue fabric scraps, a few of which rest on a large drawing that droops over the tabletop’s edge. At

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