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Math Bass, Newz!, 2014, gouache on canvas, 34 x 32". From the series “Newz!,” 2014–.

Math Bass

Overduin & Co.

Math Bass, Newz!, 2014, gouache on canvas, 34 x 32". From the series “Newz!,” 2014–.

For Math Bass’s first solo presentation in the city where she lives and works, the artist transformed Overduin & Co. into a kind of playground, its rooms crisscrossed by chutes and ladders. Twinned versions of a waxed-steel sculpture—a narrow vertical plane with a deep U-shape extracted from the top and a smaller, mirroring shape removed from the bottom—were propped side by side against a wall, while three similarly composed iterations of floor-bound metal sheets (each work titled And Its Shadow, 2014) arced as though performing spry gymnastic backbends. The press release for this exhibition, “Lies Inside,” pictured one of these works with hands shown gripping the sculpture from behind, thereby incorporating the otherwise obscured figure implied by the sheets’ bodily outline. The staging of the piece with, instead of as, a body (or at least its surrogate) likewise

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