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Alice Könitz, Pantry, 2016, bamboo, copper, wood, plastic crate, plastic cups, aluminum can, string, nuts, pickles, dimensions variable.

Alice Könitz

Commonwealth and Council

Alice Könitz, Pantry, 2016, bamboo, copper, wood, plastic crate, plastic cups, aluminum can, string, nuts, pickles, dimensions variable.

The black foamcore neck of Periscope, 2016, extended out of the skylight of an otherwise empty room, its mirrors visible thanks to a circular cutaway at the base of the tube, which rested atop a spindly pedestal with thin metal legs and two royal-purple shelves. The pedestal indicated the work was a tool and a sculpture, and neatly summarized the ambivalent status of all of the objects in Alice Könitz’s “Commonwealth,” named for the gallery in which it was situated. Könitz used this loaded term as a springboard to assemble a collection of “social sculptures” that echoed the artist-run gallery’s mission statement: “to learn . . . how generosity and hospitality can sustain our coexistence.” Peeking into Periscope’s viewfinder, one was able to survey the anonymous rooflines of the Koreatown buildings surrounding the second-floor gallery, and to enjoy a glimpse of the neighborhood

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