san-francisco

Chadwick Rantanen

Jancar Jones

As America slogs through its new recession-era corporate landscape, Chadwick Rantanen’s installation of sculpture and photographs perhaps most obviously evoked the semicustomized, sturdy-for-the-price furnishings of modest industrial-park start-up offices. With this show, the artist mined the aesthetics of efficiency—and perhaps therapy—using such mundane light-corporate materials as sandblasted glass in soothing hues, burnished metal, and abstract images that speak of low-risk investment in the future. In effect, the work communicated a catalogue of postmeltdown minimalist tropes, with an emphasis on the ways in which decor adapts to and reflects our present cultural moment.

While the installation as a whole seemed solid in form, each constituent element was presented slightly off-kilter, and there was pathos in the way the work constantly announced its need for assistance. For example,

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