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Martin Soto Climent, Luminous Flux (detail), 2010, video, tables, seven mixed-media objects, 3' 2“ x 1' 3 3/4” x 24'.

Martin Soto Climent

Clifton Benevento

Martin Soto Climent, Luminous Flux (detail), 2010, video, tables, seven mixed-media objects, 3' 2“ x 1' 3 3/4” x 24'.

Martin Soto Climent’s objects are nominally ready-made: buckets and broom handles, a plastic tissue holder and women’s stockings, a wine bottle and gloves. Yet their presentation here has entailed some refashioning, by turns straightforward and lyrical. Folding, wrapping, and draping these things, Soto Climent draws out a poetics intrinsic to particular fabrics and textures—a poetics relentlessly, but subtly, corporeal. Composed simply of two nestled ballet shoes and some downy plumes, Dorothea (all works 2010), discreetly evokes female genitalia. Moon Bouquet features a cluster of large white balloons attached to a set of women’s heels. Filled during a full moon just before the exhibition opened, the balloons slowly seeped air, gradually lowering the shoes to the floor—at once slowly deflating the work’s literal buoyancy and inflating of its lyrical resonances. Employing

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