Though Louise Paramor’s work inspires an initial reaction of pure visual delight, viewers are advised to look twice and think twice, for things are seldom as they appear. Paramor plays with contradictions and ambiguities, forcing us to ponder, reconsider, and question.
Bronx, New York Bronx Museum of the Arts Tony Feher likes to keep it simple. As a touring retrospective, most recently at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, amply demonstrated, his unpretentious arrangements of the cast-off detritus of daily life—plastic bags and bottles, paper, pennies, wire, coat hangers, Styrofoam, string, marbles, jar lids—speak poetically of
After several years of working for private art dealers and artists in their studios, and generally pounding the pavement as young artists do, E.V. Day was content exhibiting in nonprofit venues when the thunderbolt struck. A curator who had shown her work while she was still in grad school at Yale called out of the
Belfast The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) Graham Gingles, Ireland’s most accomplished sculptor, has been building boxes since the beginning of the ’70s, many of them somber meditations on the Troubles realized in an elliptical, covert, and highly personal manner.
Speaking with Australian sculptor Penny Harris about her current body of work opens an exciting conversation about archaeology, trans-oceanic travel, and interwoven stories. Harris is looking for new challenges, and so, she has been accumulating facts, ideas, and techniques.
From mobile tractor-trailers to former churches, Ian McMahon’s site-specific work transforms alternative spaces. His sculptures are as much about the appreciation of form as they are about erasure. In other words, enjoy them while they last.
Atlanta Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Simone Leigh, who was born in Jamaica and now lives in New York, investigates race and identity through ceramics, sculpture, and video. Her recent exhibition, “Gone South,” marked her first attempt to explore the American South, particularly what she calls “African Americana,” or the folk art traditions of face jugs
Los Angeles Regen Projects Gabriel Kuri’s work, though profoundly abstract, forges a relationship between the materiality of an object and the associative properties it embodies. His tightly compact sculptures are saturated with a pointed set of criticisms referencing commodification, waste, consumption, and corporate power.
North Adams Guillaume Leblon MASS MoCA On the floor was a carpet of beige linen intentionally laid down by the artist so that visitors would leave scuff marks to record their presence. Evidence and lingering traces of the past were among the persistent themes of “Under My Shoe,” an exhibition of works by Guillaume Leblon,
Edward Kienholz once declared, “I can see the results of ideas in what is thrown away by a culture.” A compulsive bricoleur, he found most of his materials in thrift shops, dumps, and garbage cans and used them in ways that retained their original identity.