Thomas Sayre is surveying River Reels, a pair of 20-foot-tall earth castings that he created in 1999. They’re perfectly round circles of rust-colored concrete, 12 to 18 inches thick, the width of a backhoe bucket.
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA Deluge Contemporary Art Greg Snider’s eight “Models for the Public Sphere” are absurdist and visionary monuments to human, societal, and governmental follies, abominations, and questionable policies. Using the term “critical realism” to describe his approach, the Vancouver artist cleverly and humorously turns normality on its head in his meticulously crafted, speculative models.
WASHINGTON, DC Conner Contemporary Clean-cut yet reclaimed, familiar yet odd, tectonic yet intimate—these were some of the contradictions at play in Joe Ovelman’s recent exhibition. Seemingly a far cry from earlier work, these sculptures tackle similar issues of sexual identity and societal norms, but in a more subversive and, ultimately, more tantalizing way.
LINCOLN, MASSACHUSETTS DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park There was a time when “art” meant sculpture and painting, and “craft” meant useful things like pottery and glassmaking. Any such distinction has grown from fuzzy to non-existent. And now Douglas Paulson and Ward Shelley are intent on erasing boundaries between art and carpentry.
RENO Nevada Museum of Art The Nevada Museum of Art, in conjunction with its second triennial Art + Environment conference, filled its galleries with exhibitions that investigated “our relationships with natural, built, and digital environments.”
A sculptor of emotional intensity and formal experimentation, Radcliffe Bailey has been a leading artistic voice in the exploration of African American racial identity for more than 20 years. His largest exhibition to date, “Memory as Medicine,” which is on view at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio from June 6 through September 12,
To navigate the streamlined sculptures of John Dreyfuss, one glides over gentle swells, negotiating attenuated ridges or sudden apertures before the undulations pick up again. At times, the shifts in plane barely pass notice; at others, they induce a vertiginous thrill.
SANTA MONICA Frank Lloyd Gallery While Adrian Saxe’s previous work embodied dual aspects of beauty—penetrating attraction and a natural link to the grotesque—the work in his recent exhibition, “GRIN,” is not easy on the eye. The sculptures are freeform Surrealist objects that make suspect everything that categorizes the sense of things.
SANTA BARBARA Cabana Home At the core of Brad Miller’s unusually diverse work—ceramic vessels, “burn” paintings, site-specific installations—there is a principle shared by set theory, blastocoels (early dividing embryos), electron dispersions, computer programming, compositional aesthetics, and political economies.
HUMLEBAEK, DENMARK Lousiana Museum of Modern Art It is difficult to curate an Ai Weiwei exhibition these days. The 54-year old Chinese artist/activist has been unable to travel since his 2011 imprisonment and, consequently, unable to work on his shows.