New York

Tiril Hasselknippe, Bykjernens Soldans (Solar Dance of City Kernel), 2019, steel, resin. Installation view.

Tiril Hasselknippe, Bykjernens Soldans (Solar Dance of City Kernel), 2019, steel, resin. Installation view.

Tiril Hasselknippe

Magenta Plains

The New York–based Norwegian artist Tiril Hasselknippe channeled the apocalyptic doom that pervades our awful present in “Braut” (Bride), her solo exhibition at Magenta Plains. Two hulking sculptures—which looked like salvaged monuments to lost causes, or chunks of destroyed architecture rescued from fallen cities—suggested that the past, present, and future all collapsed into the space we were standing in. Hasselknippe’s ruins listen, remember, and speak.

The show radiated lost urban optimism—the kind of broken spirit that’s palpable in a place such as New York, where three centuries of misery can be felt on any one corner. The title piece, made in 2020, was installed upstairs, while Bykjernens Soldans (Solar Dance of City Kernel), 2019, was set into a slightly smaller space in the gallery’s lower level, suffused by stage haze and orange light. All of Magenta Plains, in fact, was filled

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