For Chelsea’s season opener, several exhibitions mimic post-disaster accretions including Thomas Hirschhorn’s Concordia, Concordia at Gladstone Gallery, Mr.’s Metamorphosis: Give Me Your Wings at Lehmann Maupin, and Matthew Lusk’s More Broken Glass Than There Was Window at ZieherSmith. In each case, water and human hubris play some role in creating the chaos; our dangerous love affair with stuff — and lots of it — enhances the devastation. While they all required considerable effort, each show offers different levels of insight into the events purportedly explored.
Kris Scheifele is an artist and writer based in New York City. She received an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA and BA from Cornell University. Her reviews and interviews have appeared in Artcritical, Whitehot, NY Arts, On-Verge, site95, & Hyperallergic.