Hadley + Maxwell

Jessica Bradley Art + Projects

The gallery’s windows were covered with paper. But this was an artwork, not a signal that installation was in progress. Consisting of long, loosely applied strips of wallpaper—each with a distinct pattern of stripes, tree branches, or flowers—Returns Blind, 2010, may be read either as wrapping for retail items or as a signifier of the gallery worker’s labor. Like much of Hadley + Maxwell’s collaborative practice, this clever, Conceptualist gesture playfully resists being packaged as a discrete and marketable commodity.

For The Jury, Like the Chorus, Draws Its Voice from the Thickness of the Air, 2009, the artists have manipulated a Louis IX–style commode, replacing one of the intricately carved drawers with an elongated, IKEA-like platform. On top of this white, starkly modern surface rest a dozen old radios, each tuned to a different station. The abruptly absurd humor of this sculpture,

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