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View of “Perla Krauze,” 2019.

View of “Perla Krauze,” 2019.

Perla Krauze

The Chimney

Human beings move mountains, or pieces of them, every day. The impulse to carry stones, large and small, over great distances is one of the more curious ones that bind us to each other across time and space. The Egyptian pharaohs ordered thousands of tons of granite to be ferried hundreds of miles up the Nile to Giza. The builders of Stonehenge sneezed at local sources and quarried their megaliths in modern-day Wales. Today, architects order Italian travertine for corporate plazas in New York, and even children pocket souvenir pebbles on the beach.

In her exhibition at the Chimney, Perla Krauze seemed to address the ultimate fragility of the ziggurats, temples, skyscrapers, and roads we like to pretend are permanent. Gathering broken chunks of rock from all over the world, Krauze eloquently subverted the Ozymandian fantasies that attend the use of stone, undercutting its enduring currency

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