Similes Injertadas (Grafted Similes)
Ashmore Gallery, Savannah, GA, November 2013
My first stop was at UNTITLED for the Anna Plesset show A Still Life, January 13-February 24.
Plesset is a 2011 MFA graduate from RISD and this is her first solo show in New York. Pretty exciting!
In the space of the entry and first room Plesset displayed framed photocopied pages from a text on Lilla Cabot Perry, a reference to a focus and point of departure for this show.
From the press release:
Like a minimalist tableau, A Still Life is a staging of the studio as a site for recovery and discovery in
which the perception of familiar objects slowly changes as the limitations of material and reality
I was most impressed by her two paintings on dry wall that featured these trompe l’oeil recreations of would-be photographic source images taped to the wall, complete with smudges and splatters of paint.
Plesset suspended the reality and fiction distinction for a pair of charming older couples while I was there. One lady, first in disbelief, then amazed called her friend over to see the illusion of painted painter’s tape on the piece South Wall: Section 2. When they couldn’t find one of the pieces listed on the list of works they called the gallerist in. Outlet, painted directly on the wall and complete with painted dead spider, is the one that eluded them. I have to admit it was nice being in the space with them to see their true wonder and excitement and finding out of things.
and at eye level, a peep-hole sized self portrait of the artist.
Thank you Anna Plesset for a playful, curious, and intelligent show.
I loved seeing Calzolari’s work in this gallery. The architectural elements of the space, the plaster walls and the lighted sconces above the fireplace seem to be in dialogue with the work, and reminded me of some of his own pieces that use similar sconce lights and candles. It was a really subtle and poetic exchange between the work and the space. I really enjoyed the text pieces and their simplicity yet with these surfaces (made of salt and flannel fabric) that look like the text was lightly pressed in snow or soft jeweled stone. I found the sculptures mesmerizing, they all seemed so tentative yet like they’ve existed for thousands of years (well, besides the neon lights and small modern motors). Belt’s slight movement looked like the sculpture was dancing a humorous and elegant dance. Really really great show.