“Making Amends” started with a broken laundry basket—a mass-produced, disposable product that, once broken, is designed to be thrown away and replaced, not fixed. The handle cracked, and my first thought was to buy another one.
SEATTLE Museum of Museums Energy Drink, an extensive, immersive installation by the artist team of Brian Sanchez and Neon Saltwater (on view through August 29, 2021), presents a number of possible interpretations: a gay dystopian environment for a “happy” couple; a hallucinatory fun house revolving around domestic symbols; a series of discrete activity areas for upscale urbanites who require access to gyms, spas, art galleries, sculpture studios, bars, and lounges.
Sook Jin Jo’s unusual and moving aesthetic depends on materials collected from the street and put to use in sculptures, installations, and public art projects focused on social responsibility and collaboration.
NEW YORK Greene Naftali “The Terrace Theater,” Gedi Sibony’s recent exhibition, offered a performance centering on natural light as it restaged objects and their shadows in relation to each other, the spaces between them, and viewers. As with any show, some viewers left minutes later, unaware that they had flubbed their walk-on role. At least a few lingered and began to see that Sibony’s exhibition asked new questions as well as old ones.
Pooja Iranna coaxes industrial materials and office accessories, including cement, mirrors, and staples, into thought-provoking portrayals of how the world and its proliferating cities are evolving. Her recent exhibition “Silently—a proposed plan for rethinking the urban fabric” ended with a chilling film that enacted the rapid colonization of the earth’s remaining green space.
ATLANTA whitespace gallery Rachel K. Garceau’s work often begins with an intimate, near-obsessive exploration of a single object that has taken root in her imagination—it could be a stone or a branch or something ineffable about a place.
A quintessential social sculptor, Allan Wexler uses architecture as a transformative tool, triggering the alternating joys and anxieties we experience whenever we step into a new space and teasing us with simple but provocative questions: Do I want to deal with social etiquette?
NEW YORK Kasmin Allen’s works radiate a rare touch-me quality that retains the intimacy of their making—hand-sculpted in wax or clay, worked and reworked until the forms gradually emerge. The objects have correspondences, particularly to the natural world, but cannot be classified; they are both figurative and abstract, organic and geometrical.
LONDON Hayward Gallery In the hands of Igshaan Adams, a sculpture is in endless evolution. As the South African artist explained during the opening of his current exhibition (on view through July 25, 2021), “My sculptures are a never-ending work. I add materials in different moments, and leave them aside in the studio for years at times because with my sculptures there is no intention or agenda. It is about trying out new ideas.”