At Clearing Gallery, off the Morgan stop in Bushwick, geographically diverse artists are put together in one show. The show, called The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, Too, mounts sculpture onto walls and tests the limits of materials while resisting pictorial language to fabricate a dreamscape.
Untitled (Peep Hole) by Harold Ancart literally offers a peek to the outside from the inside of the gallery by way of a peephole that makes the skyline seem at once small and tangible. Other works include Marina Pinsky’s inkjet print, mounted to the same wall as Ancart’s piece and Neil Beloufa’s Vintage Series, which also places a reference to the outside or elsewhere on this side of the interior. Beloufa’s piece is a picture of the beach that completely ignores sunlight. Oppositional to this is a painting by Viola Yeşiltaç that grows darker along the edges and condenses space in the same way while sublime, vertical shapes hover in the forefront. Verticality appears again in Pinsky’s print, Cooper Jacoby’s Faces and Columns, and the gravity of the jacket in Nikolas Gambaroff’s Double (G).
It takes a few minutes to find all the faces in the room, the lenticular print being the most obvious and its humor the most hidden – it shows the artist and his assistant as difference expressions of the same person. Then there is the bronze casted foam face, the small green table, and the distorted pennies. All of them possess a contortion of a face.
Every domestic item (a hanging jacket, a doorknob, a peephole) is subjected to decor rather than iconography, as if in a familiar dream, and the forms are too base and too comical to be taken in a Freudian manner, even if they have the intention of a pun. The repetition of copper and bronze in the room (sculptures by Jacoby, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Gambaroff, and the metal construction of Ancart’s peep hole) bring concrete perception back. The objects follow the same material logic as a lived-in apartment in which everything light is dirty and everything heavy is clean.
Esther Kläs, Marina Pinsky, Viola Yeşiltaç: on view until June 22, 2014.C L E A R I N G Gallery505 Johnson Avenue #10
Brooklyn, NY 11237
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Photos courtesy of the gallery