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View of “Chris Bogia,” 2019. From left: Mr. Fussy, 2019; Left Leaner (Yellow), 2019; Big Bonsai, 2019; Pruning Hand, 2019.

View of “Chris Bogia,” 2019. From left: Mr. Fussy, 2019; Left Leaner (Yellow), 2019; Big Bonsai, 2019; Pruning Hand, 2019.

Chris Bogia

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Living coral, a “life-affirming” orangey-pink, is the color of the year, according to Pantone. Emerald dominated 2013, turquoise reigned over 2010, and 2016’s homecoming queen was rose quartz (also known, notoriously, as millennial pink). And while Pantone might not have explicitly been on Chris Bogia’s mind when he produced the sculptures for his first solo show in New York, variations of the aforementioned hues make bold appearances in several of the works on view.

His sculptures portray decorative trees (rendered semiabstractly via crescents, cylinders, and other basic geometric forms), but the works also seem to resolutely encourage associations with all sorts of other knickknacks. The materials used to make them, including lacquered wood, grass-cloth wallpaper, and raffia, conjure bungalows and rec rooms, flea markets and Etsy. For me, the works brought to mind the Memphis Group, but

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