Magazine article Sculpture

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Magazine article Sculpture

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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New York

Politicizing Space"

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, lohn |ay College of Criminal Justice

Politicizing Space," curated by Charlotta Kotik, took as its premise the fact that space can be made political by manmade interventions and used to control human movement and behavior. Kotik emphasized the need to understand how this stratagem works in light of Trump administration policies such as the Mexican border wall. The 11 artists in the show addressed the subject through both figurative and abstract works, underscoring Kotik's assertion that even nonobjective imagery can be used to direct or restrict people.

Carin Riley's Caryatid I (2017) is a complex, seemingly abstract rendering of the female figures that support Greek architecture. For Kotik, the image implies how women in ancient Greece could be seen as both sources of strength and objects of suppression. Will Corwin's lead sculpture of a fallen king and his mount plays with the power statements of traditional equestrian monuments. David Goodman's Monolith (2017), a seemingly simple construction of painted wood, suggests the gauntlet of airport metal detectors-an open post for security observation. Allan McCollum's The Dog from Pompei (1990-91) is a white Hydrocal cast taken directly from the ash-encrusted body of a dog that perished in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. Along with two other dogs in the exhibition, this creature symbolizes a lack of freedom, as well as psychic and physical enslavement. …

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