Tobias Putrih, Double Exchange, 2016. Bricks, dimensions variable.

deCordova New England Biennial 2016

Lincoln, Massachusetts

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

deCordova’s 2016 New England Biennial left me struggling with the definition of “sculpture” as it’s currently understood. The work of Heather Leigh McPherson is a case in point: it hangs on the wall, looking like a painting. But it’s made of an acrylic puddle poured over chiffon dyed in sorbet colors, and encased in each acrylic sheet is a scribble pad crayoned with two-dimensional scrawls. One sheet of plastic even contains a cigarette lighter. Multi-media, video, wall-hung pieces, interactive readymades-this biennial had them all, but not much in the way of traditional sculpture. The only freestanding three-dimensional objects were Ashley Bryan’s icons. His day job as a writer-illustrator of happy-story kids’ books does not jibe with his scary rag-and-bone grotesqueries. Like them or not, they emit a primal power. Yet they are not new work; Bryan assembled them in his spare time over decades. …see the entire review in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.

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