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Brian Belott, Untitled (Fan Puff), 2016, mixed media, 83 × 73 × 81⁄2". From the series “Puuuuuuuuuffs, 2014–.

Brian Belott, Untitled (Fan Puff), 2016, mixed media, 83 × 73 × 81⁄2". From the series “Puuuuuuuuuffs, 2014–.

Brian Belott

Gavin Brown's Enterprise | Downtown

If—or, rather, when—the next ice age comes, it might look a lot like Brian Belott’s exhibition at the Chinatown, New York, space of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. In this show, three industrial freezers—each Untitled, 2018, and parked in a back room of the gallery—housed a number of rectangular assemblages made from materials as disparate as mixing cups (arrayed in a rather vulvar way), hair gel, a hand massager, a weight from a grandfather clock, Jelly Bellies, and an abacus. Because the objects were vertically suspended and encased in ice, form gave way to brightly saturated color. The room was dark except for the internal lighting of the cold storage; the pieces glowed as totemic paeans to postindustrial collapse. They were both hilarious and ethereal, particularly one sculpture that contained shards of mica, calcite, and a kitchen supply tray. Its symmetry and muted palette suggested

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