The horizon line has always done something for me, in perspective drawings, in nature, and here at Jack Shainman’s The School. My mind always seems to frame objects or people in the context of their surroundings, be it a built or natural environment. Here at Shainman’s group show, Mise en Scène I am constantly brought back to the beautiful tension between the raw and pristine. The works, the space, allude to the obsessive creative process, constant reinterpretation, reappropriation, with hopes for a fresh arrival. Moving across the wall with promise is Yoan Capote’s epic seascape ‘painted’ with fishhooks and nails, while downstairs El Anatsui’s aluminum and copper wire piece drapes in one monumental poetic gesture. Entranced by the tactility and movement of the work swirling around me, I paired this textural wool flared Bouchra Jarrar pant with a faded yellow and heather grey striped sweater from Gap. My Styld.by story concluded with a simple classic elevated by a forward dramatic shape. While I am fully seduced and transported by Jack Shainman’s space in Kinderhook, at the last moment Enrique Martinez Celaya’s painting of two figures on a dock against the sea is a much-needed reminder of where I stand.
Jack Shainman Gallery: The School, Mise En Scène
Photographs by Tylor Hou