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Jonathan VanDyke

Scaramouche

Scaramouche’s cramped storefront space at 53 Stanton Street is difficult to negotiate at the best of times, but Jonathan VanDyke’s exhibition “The Hole in the Palm of Your Hand” made an easy passage even more challenging than usual. While the five constructions in the show seemed at first well behaved, a closer look at each one—and a quick glance beneath it—revealed a substantially messier side. Asymmetrical Relationship (all works 2009) is typical of the set. It is a large, black, boxlike form resembling a skewed letter I, whose closely woven fabric surface is punctuated by two plastic orifices. Dribbles of gelatinous paint ooze slowly but continually from each of these openings, leaving striated multicolored trails that trickle down to the work’s lower section and form psychedelic pools on the floor.

That the floor itself—“tiled” in sheets of dull brown board—is also a creation of VanDyke’s

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