Fitzpatrick curates artists’ stuff at La MaMa E.T.C.

Artist Daphne Fitzpatrick visited 43 artists’ studios and chose a single non-art object from each for this amusing group show at La Galleria at La Mama. In The Villager, Jeffery Cyphers Wright reports that the exhibit opens a window wherein we can see our own interpretations of the owner’s and their spaces. “Spread out on five tables the items appeared like archeological specimens from a rich dig. Siobhan Liddell’s gray sandstone with smoothbore holes drilled through it addressed the interface between time and sculpture. Across from it, dozed a dried cotton plant replete with a knot of withered roots, courtesy Robert Buck. A tribe of spoons with tea-bags wrapped around them, rose from a glass. The incongruity of everyday things being in the context of a gallery or museum adds a layer of irrepressibility. Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s spoons are all different. Old, ornate scrollwork on the handle provokes a positively Proustian moment as the mind reels backwards for associations. A sense of decay and deflation (literally in the case of Catherine Opie’s limp balloon souvenir) chimes from one piece to another around the room. Sam Messer’s piece dating from 1919 is a strange taxidermic chimera that practically sends shivers down your spine. Like a tiny dog or a greyhound of a mouse, it’s neck ripped and stuffing showing, it stares with glassy black eyes into a horrific void.” Read more.

As curator/museum director Helen Molesworth (I love that name!) once wrote, Daphne Fitzpatrick “reimagines…the commodity as a kind of Surrealist-inflected game piece…[she] uses the castoffs of spectacle culture to create delicate, Lilliputian tableaux inflected with visual puns”.

Duck Soup,” curated by Daphne Fitzpatrick. La Galleria at La MaMa E.T.C. , New York, NY. Through Dec. 21.

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