Installation view from Group Exhibition. Image via: Metro Pictures.
My latest piece is up at the L Magazine.
The worst realized bat idea in art this month coincides with the release of the latest Batman movie The Dark Knight. Part of Metro Pictures’ Group Exhibition, Andreas Hofer attaches wooden bat wings to a giant armoire he titles, For a Pleasant Room. In a quick viewing I might have fallen for the piece — after all, I love Batman — but the two eyes hollowed out of furniture’s center pretty much eliminated that possibility. Through these slits a viewer can peer inside the sculpture, offering up either a variation on unwearable costume art or a “humorous” window into the empty soul of the bat. Neither cliché sold me.
For better or worse, the work is among a random selection of art gallery goers will view this summer in countless Chelsea group shows. The exhibition For a Pleasant Room was part of, featured a number of oversized works — a large monotone gray square painted directly on the wall by Louise Lawler, and a few messy Sterling Ruby sculptures, for example — none with much relationship to each other past their shared physical space.
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