Tunga, One Three, 2014. Iron, steel, bronze, ceramics, leather, and linen 210 x 100 x 190 cm.


New York

Luhring Augustine Gallery

Tunga’s intention to generate astonishment and perplexity was more than fulfilled in his fifth exhibition at Luhring Augustine. Abounding with evocations of human shapes, forms, meanings, and connections, “La Voie Humide” created an arena for free-flowing associations. One Three (2014), which was placed in the foyer, set the tone for what was to follow. Esoteric and beguiling, a long-legged, turquoise-colored fragment of the female body hangs from one of Tunga’s signature tripods, held in place by thin leather strips fastened to metal hooks. Arranged at the top of the tripod, a shallow Petri-like dish, an earthen-colored pot, and a collection of beads complete the piece. But what does one make of it? Is it meant to recall a science experiment or an autopsy, or is it making a mockery of assemblage?…see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.