Gregg Louis, Inkling No. 4, 2012. Foam, metal, and synthetic hair, 23.5 x 16 x 8 in.

Gregg Louis

New York

Nohra Haime Gallery

Hair is a loaded subject. Tied to gender, ethnicity, class, age, and health, it reveals identity. If we care enough about our hair—and provided that we have enough to make it signal all that we want it to—it can say a lot about who we are, where we come from, how we see ourselves, what our views are, and who we look up to. These observations were prompted by the eerie and strangely effective environment of Gregg Louis’s recent show, where sculptures built up from artificial wigs and faux fur seemingly floated in mid-air, suspended on thin black metal rods rising from the floor. In the press release for “Psychic Ménagerie,” Louis states that the Inklings, as he calls these works, were inspired by the idea of gazing at clouds and discovering recognizable forms in their abstract masses. The success of his sculptures lies in their use of familiar materials to create forms that teeter between abstraction and figuration—many of these bodies contain hints of life… see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.