Amy Yao, Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be, 2007. Glass, wood, newspaper, and household paint, installation view.

“Tool Use”


Oonagh Young Gallery

“Tool-Use” provoked surprise, dismay, and disorientation. Though modestly scaled objects clung to the gallery walls and occupied the floor, the space felt bereft of material content, hollowed out somehow, more unoccupied than if it were empty. Given the title, one might have anticipated works demonstrating unique technical abilities or processes, but the selection presented by curator David Beattie effectively subverted such expectations. Getting a grasp on what the work conveyed required careful consideration and persistent reconnoitering. .…see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.