Manic humor pervades David Snyder’s immersive installations. In his previous solo exhibitions at Michael Benevento, Snyder altered the gallery’s architecture to create eerie, fun-house-like settings. In “Face Forward,” 2011, the viewer walked through a passage of wall-size, face-like facades, each paired with a distinctive, disembodied voiceimbuing the gallery space with a schizo character. In “Ectoplasms,” 2013, a false ceiling in one corner of the gallery would suddenly shake, triggered by a motion sensor when one approached the paintings hung below it. Portrait of Nugose, 2013, an enormous, amorphous sculpture of an imaginary being covered in goopy material (including dough and marshmallows), emitted clanking sounds as one got close to a drawing of the creature installed nearby. Objects, substances, and situations were made unfamiliar to create fantastical, yet intensely
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