Vincent Fecteau, Untitled, 2014, resin clay, acrylic paint, 24 × 26 × 8".

Vincent Fecteau

Matthew Marks Gallery | 502 W. 22nd Street

Vincent Fecteau, Untitled, 2014, resin clay, acrylic paint, 24 × 26 × 8".

“My continuing struggle is that I want to express this cheesy emotion that I know isn’t cheesy,” said Vincent Fecteau in 1995. “And I don’t know how to do it.” Such a mission is difficult, but if the solution is elusive, the struggle has been generative. Almost twenty years later, he’s still going at it. In the press release for this recent show, Fecteau states: “I feel like I’m always trying to figure out the same thing. . . . I can’t define what that thing is. It’s a feeling or a sound or a song. Maybe it’s a kind of mood.”

At Matthew Marks, Fecteau’s attempts to home in on the nameless emotion encompassed five sculptures and seven collages. The sculptures, roughly two feet by two feet and bulging anthropomorphically from the wall, are topologically complex, distinguished by odd contours, a dearth of right angles, and complicated pockets and folds that commingle the organic and

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