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David Douard, WE, 2015, plaster, aluminum, copper, balloon, eggs, chain, 16 1/2 × 9 7/8 × 9 7/8".

David Douard

Galerie Chantal Crousel

David Douard, WE, 2015, plaster, aluminum, copper, balloon, eggs, chain, 16 1/2 × 9 7/8 × 9 7/8".

Bastardized and truncated forms of language motivate David Douard’s approach to sculpture. The improvised elisions and contractions in vernacular discourse and the inclusiveness of a vague pronoun coursed through communication technologies, bodily and electronic alike, in his exhibition “Bat-Breath. Battery.” The desire to render such phenomena visible was most obviously embodied in six square shadow boxes, which, corresponding in size to a large cutout excised by the artist in a wall connecting two gallery spaces, suggested cross-sections of the building’s hidden electrical interior. Several of these, such as WE (breath) (all works 2015), feature textiles with silk-screened images of a mouth exhaling thick strands of smokelike effluvia. Atop these pictures, which recall late-nineteenth-century paranormal photography of ectoplasm, tangles of copper filament overlaid skeins of

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