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Janine Antoni, to channel, 2015, polyurethane resin, 27 × 15 × 15".

Janine Antoni

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

Janine Antoni, to channel, 2015, polyurethane resin, 27 × 15 × 15".

Janine Antoni’s spring exhibition at Luhring Augustine featured a striking group of seven cast-resin sculptures: quasi-surrealist amalgams of bones, body parts, and everyday objects (a flowerpot, a stool, branches, and so on). Inspired by the tradition of milagros, the votive offerings that are hung in Latin American Catholic churches to invoke protection and healing, Antoni’s new work continues her decades-long exploration of the body and its psychological and spiritual dimensions.

In to channel, 2015, one of the show’s most visceral pieces, an overturned flowerpot acts as a pedestal for the chance encounter of a skeletal pelvis and a human head. The head is upside down, and the pelvis sits on top of it, creating a union of body parts that brings to mind the moment of birth (and, by extension, the many transitions of life). To compose, 2015, meanwhile, puts sex and death in

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