Saturday, March 3, 2018

Lewis Stein, Works from 1968-1979 @ Essex Street

I know nothing about Lewis Stein, but I very much enjoyed his minimal and perplexing installation. It is either an overly subtle statement about urban living or a rather stark production of West Side story. The meaning hinges on how much an old billy club reminds you of systematic oppression as opposed to Officer Krukpe. Either way, the street light hung so low that one can touch it wonderfully distorts its scale. The center of the gallery is squared off in velvet rope that could be about the economic exclusivity of the city, or a reminder of the theatre and again for me at least, West Side Story.

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