The work of the erudite, Sorbonne-trained French photographer-sculptor Jean-Luc Moulène can seem to be machinated by an artist more interested in theory than practice. Yet this sprawling, diverse show full of tenderly handcrafted objects revealed a profound joy in making.
For his second solo show at Miguel Abreu Gallery, Moulène presented eighteen new, midsize pieces in the venue’s main gallery, in addition to two earlier works on view in a smaller space a few streets south, both of which had been recently exhibited at the artist’s 2016 retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. While his 2016 presentation emphasized the continuous surfaces of mathematical knots (as evidenced by his 1995– series “Opus”), this new work instead showcased a multitude of holes, as made explicit by the grouping’s title, “Hole, Bubble, Bump.” The sculptures in Abreu’s larger gallery, which demonstrated
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