Chris Oh, Palace, 2018, acrylic on coral, 9 x 6 x 5".

Chris Oh

Sargent's Daughters

Chris Oh, Palace, 2018, acrylic on coral, 9 x 6 x 5".

Like a novel with several intertwining plots, Chris Oh’s exhibition “Interiors,” organized by Fortnight Institute and presented at Sargent’s Daughters, complicated our perceptions of space, time, and material through the appropriation of seven allegorical works by Dutch old masters. Oh deconstructed and reimagined the paintings as installations, reconfiguring the compositions and rendering different sections of a single work on multiple sculptural elements. Referencing works by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Rogier van der Weyden, and Robert Campin, the artist chose unorthodox and difficult surfaces and materials, such as cardboard, coral, and a soccer ball (many of these items were found on walks), and pushed the original, canonical scenes beyond the traditional frame and into three-dimensional space.

The first works one encountered upon entering the gallery incorporated sections of

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