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Than Hussein Clark, Love Is Not a Feeling, 2013, mixed media, 111 x 61 x 1 5/8".

Than Hussein Clark

Mathew | Gallery | Berlin

Than Hussein Clark, Love Is Not a Feeling, 2013, mixed media, 111 x 61 x 1 5/8".

On first sight, Than Hussein Clark’s debut solo show, cryptically titled “Waves (Das Glückliche Rothschild)” (Waves [The Happy Rothschild]), looked a bit like a postmodern interior-decor display. A fluffy, richly ornamented carpet in shades of turquoise, blue, and salmon, Konnigratz/Hamichuri/ Konnigratz/Hamichuri (all works 2013), ran for some twenty-four feet through the space, from the front window to the back wall, where it was reflected by a mirrored brass room-divider, Love Is Not a Feeling, recalling elements from Viennese Art Deco facades. There were cane-bottomed bistro stools and sycamore shelves with curved supports of faux-verdigris-patinated steel that held opal glass disks with geometric decoration. On closer inspection, the displays had exquisite details, such as shagreen inlays made from stingray skin. A two-page text helped viewers navigate the maze of cross-cultural

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