Kathryn Andrews appropriates images from popular culture, often American movies, television, and stock photography archives. She then alters and re-contextualizes these images into three-dimensional configurations to create new narratives where viewers are invited to rethink the photographs in relation to their own bodies.
On my way to a Press Preview at the Whitney Museum last week, I decided to take the scenic route; walking along the High Line from 14th Street to Gansevoort Street. Because why not. As I hit the top of the stairs, I was met with this somewhat disquieting vision.
Yesterday was the first “no coat required” day to grace NYC weather in about 2 months, so I took advantage of the pleasant outsider conditions to venture across town to a few galleries on West 23rd Street. While I had missed the opening party on Thursday, I wanted to make sure I saw the Wanderlust exhibit currently on view at Margaret Thatcher Projects. You can see by these pictures that it was worth trip.
Working in the style that they are globally famous for, artist couple Venske & Spänle have created an amazing array of almost anthropomorphic-seeming sculptures from solid chunks of Northern Italian white Lasa marble. Ranging in size from sculptures over five feet tall, which are placed amid an organic panorma (Dolomites, Southern Tyrol), at the gallery front to smaller, table-top sculptures engaged in whimsical activities, Venske & Spänle’s work is extremely compelling and encourages imaginative extrapolation in the viewer. I really dug it. You can read the full exhibit press release at This Link. In the mean time, I definitely recommend that you add this exhibit to your next scheduled gallery crawl, but don’t wait too long!
Wanderlust shows through May 7, 2011 at Margaret Thatcher Projects, 539 West 23rd Street, NYC. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.