May 5–June 30, 2018 18 Wooster Street People, an exhibition of figurative sculpture, will be presented at Jeffrey Deitch’s 18 Wooster Street gallery from May 5 – June 30, 2018. The works by the twenty-nine artists included in the show reflect the diversity of the people who the sculptures represent. The artists’ directions range from photorealism to allegory. The subjects range from ordinary individuals to objects of fantasy. The diversity of styles and imagery reflects the world that we live in. All of the works reflect a new approach to figurative sculpture that is inspired by the innovations of Dada, Surrealism and Assemblage. None of the works are carved or modeled in a traditional way. Some are made from body casts, while others are constructed from mannequins and found objects. Only a few use conventional sculptural materials like bronze. People is inspired by Mike Kelley’s influential exhibition The Uncanny, originally presented in 1993, and by the work that generated some of the concepts articulated in Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley’s “Heidi House” from 1992. “Heidi House,” formally titled Heidi, Midlife Crisis Trauma Center & Negative Media-Engram Abreaction Release Zone will be presented in a new configuration designed by Paul McCarthy in Jeffrey Deitch’s 76 Grand Street gallery building, around the corner. People also extends the discourse of the Like Life exhibition of figurative sculpture currently on view at the Met Breuer. “Heidi House” will be open by appointment only and Narcissister will present her performative work Totem on Saturday, May 19th from 1 PM to 6 PM.
Artists included in People are: John Ahearn, Pawel Althamer Korakrit Arunanondchai Vanessa Beecroft, Nick Cave, Karon Davis, John DeAndrea, Aleksandra Domanovic, Rachel Feinstein Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Forcefield Katharina Fritsch, Isa Genzken, Stefan Hablutzel, Duane Hanson, Martin Honert, Elizabeth Jaeger, Koffi Koffi Kouakou / Coulibaly, Siaka Paul / Emile Guebehi / Nicolas Damas, Tony Matelli, Barry McGee, Matthew Monahan Narcissister, Ugo Rondinone, Kenny Scharf, Kiki Smith, Rigoberto Torres, Anna Uddenberg, Stewart Uoo, Andra Ursuta and Andro Wekua.