New York

Quay Quinn Wolf, Fear of Softness (No. 1) (detail), 2020, mixed media, 43 1⁄2 × 22 × 22".

Quay Quinn Wolf, Fear of Softness (No. 1) (detail), 2020, mixed media, 43 1⁄2 × 22 × 22".

Quay Quinn Wolf

Jack Barrett

Like a tastefully styled crime scene, Quay Quinn Wolf’s show at Jack Barrett greeted viewers with bits of twisted metal dressed in scraps of fur and set on a floor freshly painted in lavender, a vaguely sickly tang hanging in the air above them. As is characteristic of Wolf’s work, the exhibition was a strategically coordinated series of sculptural scenarios composed from poetically repurposed found materials. The artist has often juxtaposed “soft” domestic objects—such as articles of clothing and other textiles, as well as flowers and plant pigments—with infrastructural flotsam, including latex tubing, steel pipes, and blankly utilitarian stanchions in the form of racks or canes. These unexpected material marriages propose an uneasy entente between the slack world of the corporeal and the more rigid universe of thinghood. But the conceptual shape of Wolf’s enterprise here emerged from

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