In 1982, in the backyard of the ABC No Rio artists’ space and community center on Manhattan’s Lower East Sidean area for which dilapidated would at the time have been a euphemismBecky Howland built a sculpture called Brainwash that won neighborhood cachet. Finely described by Richard Flood in Artforum as both “endearingly jerry-built and menacingly apocalyptic,” it was up for a couple of years, and people would stop by to see it every now and then: a blunt-spoken, twenty-foot-long, three-dimensional diagram of the ravages of capital, pollution, the fossil-fuel economy, and more, all very approximately taking the form of that most ancient and distinguished public-sculpture type, the fountain. All of the works in Howland’s recent show at 247365 date from the early to mid-1980s, and some closely resemble parts of Brainwash. Since our picture of the Lower East Side art
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