reviews

  • Sara Gernsbacher, 7 Stories, 2018, pigmented silicone, acrylic paint, 84 × 25".

    Sara Gernsbacher

    Parrasch Heijnen Gallery

    Last spring, Sara Gernsbacher showed hanging sculptures of silicone, acrylic, and canvas at the Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York. In her home base of Los Angeles, she offered a new group of the slippery-looking cutouts, which appear to be remnants imbued with purpose through lavish care. This set was colored with pigments and spray paint and set into interlocking plaited or abutted configurations. The represented shapes—including cavities (plugged with black silicone or open to the supporting wall); petals; and spindly, rodlike sticks—felt elemental, ever malleable, even as they were fixed

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  • Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, In the Body of the Sturgeon, 2017, HD video projection, black-and-white, sound, 12 minutes 15 seconds.

    Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

    Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

    In Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s collaborative and often funny works, historical events are rendered as featherlight webs of consequences. For this series of paintings, photographs, and sculptural installations (many of which featured the characters—some historical, some invented—that populate their video In the Body of the Sturgeon, 2017, also on display here), the duo struck a more restrained tone, knitting together histories of settler colonialism, the sociosexual politics of naval life, and President Harry S. Truman’s deployment of the atomic bomb. Similar to the pair’s previous

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