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Elizabeth Jaeger, Black Leather Bench and Pink Bean Bag, 2015, leather, metal, dried peas, 25 × 74 × 40".

Elizabeth Jaeger

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Elizabeth Jaeger, Black Leather Bench and Pink Bean Bag, 2015, leather, metal, dried peas, 25 × 74 × 40".

Characterized by an economy of form and material, the spare sculptural tableaux of Elizabeth Jaeger’s first solo exhibition in Texas are a meditation on physical and emotional supports. The slumped pinkish leather shape in the deadpanned Black Leather Bench and Pink Bean Bag (all works 2015), for example, is buttressed by a handmade modernist-style leather bench, from which the form casually cascades. This sack-like form, filled with dried peas, operates as both punching bag and body pillow. Denigrated and beloved, the bag is a fair approximation of what it’s like to be human most days.

An equally anthropomorphic trio of stretchers made of aluminum and silk (Stretcher 1–3) leaned lazily against the gallery walls: As the checklist pointed out, their silk is hand-dyed and their aluminum tubes hand-bent. Indeed, handcraft has been an important aesthetic marker in Jaeger’s previous

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