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Chris Finley, barium eye run (Tim Cook), 2014, mixed media, 15 × 16 × 13".

Chris Finley

Steven Wolf Fine Arts

Chris Finley, barium eye run (Tim Cook), 2014, mixed media, 15 × 16 × 13".

Chris Finley is a restless maker, and the results of his unflagging labors—a new series of sculptures and paintings—packed the industrious artist’s first solo show in five years. During that interim he was voraciously collecting and upcycling the mass-produced flotsam of everyday life: an old pair of jeans, a no-slip bath mat, a broken window screen, a shoe, vinyl place mats, a deflated yoga ball . . . In sir seek hoe (animal) (all works 2014), two 1970s-era Jim Henson puppets—along with various bits and pieces—are nestled between seemingly haphazard disks made from mismatched puzzle pieces bound by a morass of wood glue. The conspicuous informality of Finley’s assemblages makes them appear to be the spills or accidents you’d find in a forgotten corner of a garage, but in fact they are carefully composed constructions whose materials often bear personal meaning

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