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View of “Puddle, pothole, portal,” 2014–15. Floor, from left: Antoine Catala, (::( )::), 2014; Antoine Catala, :), 2014; Antoine Catala, >(///)<, 2014; Antoine Catala, </3, 2014. Wall: Win McCarthy, Long Drain, 2014.

“Puddle, pothole, portal”

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View of “Puddle, pothole, portal,” 2014–15. Floor, from left: Antoine Catala, (::( )::), 2014; Antoine Catala, :), 2014; Antoine Catala, >(///)<, 2014; Antoine Catala, </3, 2014. Wall: Win McCarthy, Long Drain, 2014.

“Puddle, pothole, portal”: Repeat the title five times fast and you might have some clue as to this exhibition’s exuberant slipups. Not just the tongue trips: You must always watch your step here, a feat still easier said than done around the slow-motion jerks of Antoine Catala’s motorized post-word emoji shapes (part rotisserie, part toy) or Win McCarthy’s delicate glass sculptures surreptitiously installed all over the place, which resemble spurts of gushing water paused in time. (Robert Gober’s shadow stretches from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.)

Co-organized by SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib and artist Camille Henrot (and remaining on view until January 5, 2015), the exhibition ponders the ways in which objects act in, animate, and manipulate space, drawing hypotheses from nostalgic pop-culture precedents: early slapstick films, cartoons, daily comics, and mechanical

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