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Klara Liden, S.A.D., 2012, found Christmas trees, grow lights, buckets, plywood, safety blue paint, dimensions variable.

Klara Liden

Reena Spaulings Fine Art | New York

Klara Liden, S.A.D., 2012, found Christmas trees, grow lights, buckets, plywood, safety blue paint, dimensions variable.

Some eighty Christmas trees made up the centerpiece of Klara Liden’s recent exhibition at Reena Spaulings. Installed behind blue plywood fencing, the trees had been reclaimed from New York City’s sidewalks, where they had been awaiting curbside trash pickup this past January as the show was being installed. For many visitors, the rich, resiny smell inside this dense forest inevitably evoked memories of Christmases past. The seasonal affective disorder invoked in the installation’s title (S.A.D., 2012) underscored the invitation to read the work in terms of metaphor and affect—to consider its reclamation of the subject, the senses, and the body against the previous function of the trees at the meeting point of religion, consumerism, and family rituals. The work came across, exhilaratingly, as a celebration of the possibility of carving out a place (a place to hide, a place to

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