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David Muenzer, Highlighter Ingots, 2015–16, highlighter ink, wood, latex paint, Plexiglas, 22 1/4 × 71 × 74 1/4" (melted). Photo: Veli-Matti Hoikka.

David Muenzer

Reserve Ames

David Muenzer, Highlighter Ingots, 2015–16, highlighter ink, wood, latex paint, Plexiglas, 22 1/4 × 71 × 74 1/4" (melted). Photo: Veli-Matti Hoikka.

To announce his first show at Reserve Ames, a Craftsman-style house-cum-gallery, David Muenzer offered a 2016 photograph reminiscent of James Welling’s early phyllo-dough abstractions, in which ambiguous forms take on a heightened significance against a neutral ground. Scattered like pick-up sticks, the neon-yellow penile forms are in fact the innards of felt-tip highlighters, the material from which “Scalar-Daemon” takes its theme. The gallery’s only show thus far to confine itself to an outbuilding (all others have spread into the residence’s bathroom, laundry room, or living spaces), Muenzer’s tightly conceived installation had a single sculpture at its core, placed at the center of the shed’s main gallery. Highlighter Ingots, 2015–16, is composed of “display equipment”—Muenzer’s term for a white, nearly two-foot-tall plinth with shallow inset Plexiglas troughs—and

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