Boundaries Obscured is the first show in Haunch of Venison’s new Chelsea venue and features ten artists from the gallery’s stable. Their works are orchestrated in a multi-dimensional dialogue that revolves around conflict: between man and nature, technology and ultimately himself.
“The Temporal Sitter” by Kevin Francis Gray is reminiscent of the elegant neoclassical sculptures at that epitome of British nobility, Chatsworth House – its subject, however, is a Hackney heroin addict. A subtle critique of the British social system, the work is adjacent to an installation by Jake and Dinos Chapman, who tend to get their point across in a more direct manner. The brothers convey the battle between nature and mankind by placing wild and domestic taxidermied animals on the opposite sides of a moving seesaw. A mouse runs back and forth; perpetually shifting the balance of power.
A work from his only figurative series, Gunther Uecker’s “Aschemensch” was created in 1986 as a reaction to the Chernobyl disaster. Its human figure is reduced to a faint shadow, surrounded by ashes representative of the radioactive fallout. “The Balcony” by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee depicts the Khrushchyovka; pre-fabricated apartment blocks designed to alleviate the Soviet housing shortage in the 1950s and 60s. Their residents have been able to make a personal mark on the grim architecture by blocking in their balconies, thereby creating much-needed living space for their families.
The exhibition, Boundaries Obscured, can be seen at Haunch of Venison, 550 West 21st Street, Chelsea, New York until 5 November 2011.