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Eric Fertman

Susan Inglett Gallery

Suggesting a joint venture between Philip Guston and R. Crumb (or, to choose a name less feted in the art world, MAD magazine’s Don Martin), Eric Fertman’s clubfooted sculptures combine craft with comedy in a style that, while aesthetically endearing, so far lacks the bite of his influences. Wielding slender brass and steel rods, Fertman joins together smoothly rounded bulbs of stained wood into anthropomorphic abstractions that, in his second show at Susan Inglett Gallery, filled a compact room to bursting. On display were also a number of other works—some sculptural, others graphic—that in certain cases helped situate the Brooklyn-based artist’s practice and in others were entertaining but tangential.

Of the pieces that diverged from Fertman’s cast without further defining it were Fluorescent Fluorescent (all works cited, 2010) and Black Light, both of which hung in the gallery’s narrow,

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