View of “Alice Channer,” 2011.

Alice Channer

The Approach

View of “Alice Channer,” 2011.

Cascades of white silk satin drop from ceiling to floor to form Alice Channer’s sculpture Tight Skin (all works 2011). Printed on the semitransparent fabric in delicate colors are enlarged images of snakeskin and lizard print, one borrowed from a stretched sleeveless undershirt, the other from a skirt. Set on either side of this curtainlike structure in Channer’s recent exhibition “Body Conscious” were two shimmering metal sculptures, each about human height. To the right, Shift is a lean, irregular steel cylinder, sizable enough to conceal a tall person standing inside—a beautiful woman, let’s just say. Strange cutouts in the sculpture’s edges suggest the curving armholes of paper sewing patterns. Occasional colored elastics are stretched top to bottom; notches cut into the stainless steel on either end fix the trimming in place. Swelling around the bottom lies a flat expanse

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