LOS ANGELES Hauser & Wirth Underscoring sensory experience, its sensuality and embodiment, the show was presented in near-total darkness, with individual works picked out by spotlights that magnified their dramatic beauty and other-worldliness. Like Neolithic caves and Romanesque churches, such dimly lit environments can become metaphorical arenas of awe and spirituality; but they can also reduce the liminal to the merely theatrical.
Yasue Maetake, a Japanese sculptor who has been living in New York for more than 10 years, creates small to life-size works with found materials, blending abstract and natural-seeming forms into eclectic, fully hybridized wholes filled with allusiveness.
For over 30 years, British sculptors Richard Deacon and Bill Woodrow—both internationally recognized for their individual work—have engaged in intermittent collaboration. To date, they have produced more than 60 “shared sculptures,” and they are now showing their first-ever collaboratively made drawings, created between 2019 and 2020.
I knew I wanted to create something for Madison Square Park that would be intimately related to the park itself, the trees, and the state of the earth. Throughout the world, climate change is causing vast tracts of forested lands to die off.
In the neon works of Welsh conceptualist Cerith Wyn Evans, “real light” (as Dan Flavin called electric light) appears like an un-flickering flame, creating brilliant and bizarre spatial drawings. His sculptures resonate with an amalgam of illusion and fact, interacting with the spaces that they occupy, disappear into, and dissolve.
VANCOUVER Catriona Jeffries Liz Magor’s dramatic installations encapsulate the chaos of our times, piecing together puzzles in which everyday objects enact confounding and disturbing narratives. Born in Winnipeg, Magor has resided in Vancouver most of her life. She speaks fondly of her Vancouver childhood, recalling its seaside harbor as a “wild, cranky, beautiful type of place,” which might also describe the bewitching mix of the beauteous and the abject in her work.
VENICE Fondaco Marcello There is a commentary on the interconnectedness of community, but also on our internalized fragmentations, our duplicitous natures. We might know of Janus, the two-faced god, but these deities have multiple faces, features that slip and merge unrelentingly into one another.
NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT New Britain Museum of American Art Viewers first absorb Jennifer Wen Ma’s An Inward Sea (on view through October 24, 2021) as a lyrical, room-filling composition of waves set under a full moon. But that initial response quickly shifts, as synchronized sound and mechanized elements intensify with charged momentum.