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Arlene Shechet, Platinum Drip, 2012, extruded brick, porcelain, platinum, 15 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4".

Arlene Shechet

Nature Morte | Berlin

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One could call it ironic that during the opening of Arlene Shechet’s exhibition at Nature Morte, one of the porcelain sculptures on view, Shadow Box (all works 2012) was accidentally broken by a visitor. Shechet decided to leave the piece—now pieces—on display, including the shards shattered on the ground. After all, the show was about fragility and fractures—about “Breaking the Mold,” as its title put it. And the remains of this incident also said something about the other twenty-eight works present. Most of the sculptures could be described as damaged but—unlike Shadow Box—in a delicate and controlled way. Shechet’s sculptures look like beautiful accidents. Take Spill, which shows a female figure with broken arms whose head is covered by a teacup. Or Wasabi Plate, which presents a severed head on a plate with burn marks around it. The pieces all suggest

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