Snowchild, top, a young girl lies sleeping as hawks gather around her, and here the child is inseparable from the wild world. Both works are crafted from white kiln-forged glass that looks almost like Carrera marble, giving them a classical aura that contrasts with their psychological vibe. In the wall pieces, children often appear connected to each other by sinuous magenta vines or silver branches, visual effects that reach their most elaborate fruition in her magical bell jar series. In White Hawk 3, two hawks appear under a grape -like cluster of icy clear glass, and only from certain oblique angles can a child’s face be seen in the dome’s mirrored rear surfaces. In these and other works, Peretti’s children suggest near-mythical creatures whose profound silences enable connections with wild nature and its equivalents in the deep recesses of the poetic imagination.
With sculpture as its main line, the exhibition unfolds from a virtual proposition, Twenty-one Poems of Lenin. Twenty-one Poems originates from a non-ideological tale, in the end of which, a shepherd speaks to a cuboid: “I have made up my mind to be a silent object.”
Works presented here follow Chen Xiaoyun’s poetic narrative style, and extend from the most basic geometrical shapes to a strongly correlated metaphysical site, a mini animistic fairy tale, a portable utopian illusion. Meanwhile, in addition to his usual practice of photography and painting, Chen Xiaoyun adds sculpture to the exhibition, enhancing the depth of the theme and engendering a ritual sense.
Chen Xiaoyun was born in 1971 in Hubei province. Now works and lives in Beijin.
1. 2. 3. The Absurd of Reality Is That You Are Becoming a Part of the World You Disgust, and You Are Unable to Talk About Beauty Without Taboos
4. Take One Step with Left Leg, Get Closer to the Gift Left by Death
5..The Thorny Road of Food Digestion
6. A Scientist Gently Picks up Elements Representing Five Faiths, and Eulogize the Unsuccessful Experiment
7.8. Super Form Monument No. One
9. The Most Inconsequential Vagueness Under Two Kinds of Pressing Realities
Bronze, steel rail
Museum Monday: This summer, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, has mounted an exhibition of sculptures and installations by Maya Lin, entitled Platform: Maya Lin. Using technological methods to study and visualize the natural world, Lin takes macro and micro views of the Earth - via sonar resonance scans and aerial and satellite mapping devices - and translates that information into expressive sculptures, drawings, and sited installations. On view will be nine works ranging in media from marble to recycled silver, including three never before exhibited works: Accabonac Harbor, Georgica Pond, and Mecox Bay.