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Wilfredo Prieto, Safe Box, 2014, mixed media, 29 1/2 × 20 1/2 × 28 3/4".

Wilfredo Prieto and Ariel Schlesinger

The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA)

Wilfredo Prieto, Safe Box, 2014, mixed media, 29 1/2 × 20 1/2 × 28 3/4".

Wilfredo Prieto and Ariel Schlesinger’s double billing of new sculptures and installations marked a fascinating development in the articulation of Conceptual art. Reframing the conversation surrounding the so-called dematerialization of the art object within contemporary debates on labor, the exhibition “Hiding Wood in Trees” presented works by two artists of the same generation, showing together for the first time, who strategically harness humor to decontextualize common objects or estrange an audience’s perceptions of quotidian acts.

Ascension (all works 2014) was the first work to greet the viewer. Concealed in plain sight (and easily missed), this jointly made piece consists of a cluster of used tea bags attached to the ceiling directly above the gallery’s welcome desk, leaving a sloppy-looking stain up there. The refined rituals of steeping and dipping that generally accompany

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