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View of “Sonya Blesofsky,” 2019.

View of “Sonya Blesofsky,” 2019.

Sonya Blesofsky

Spencer Brownstone Gallery

After Sonya Blesofsky’s show at Spencer Brownstone Gallery closed, the gallery’s walls had to be reconstructed. The bricks, concrete blocks, two-by-fours, heating ducts, electrical outlets, and insulation that had been temporarily revealed through cutouts in the Sheetrock and scraped-away paint were entombed once more. In 1933, the current site of the gallery was just a yard appended to the address of 172 Suffolk Street and zoned for commercial use: “monumental works and showroom,” according to a legal certificate. In 1945, the lot’s use was clarified for the “display and sales of monumental stones.” This context resonated with the artist’s latest body of work, in which she deconstructs parts of her exhibition spaces in order to unearth older architectural features. She also creates sculptures from scraps collected from buildings being renovated nearby. Whether or not her endeavors are

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