Ecologies of Care, Ani Lius current exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space, uses the language of technology and material culture to confront the all-encompassing, messy, pressured experience that is contemporary motherhood and thrust it front and center.
Pairing iconic films and drawings by Matta-Clark with video, drawings, and an installation by contemporary multidisciplinary artist Pope.L, this exhibition is proudly, penetratingly loudvisually, aurally, and conceptually.
The Vietnamese-German artists incredible depth of research into unexplained phenomena and tangled official responses to them, her cool hijacking of minimalisms stark visual language to lend her work power and legibility, and her quiet resistance to didacticism throughout all contribute to this exhibitions ability to occupy space in your brain long after your visit. I felt so haunted by it on my way home that I missed my stop on the G train.
An animatronic cast composed of craftspeople in traditional European peasant garb populate the pavilions central space, each imprisoned in their own shoddy, sinister loops of repeated activity.
In A Particular Kind of Embrace, Alina Tenser manages to elevate language beyond its signifying register, and into the realm of the affective. Linguistic mistakes, stutters, and slippages are made, quite literally, concrete.
In the hands of a less capable artist, it could all very easily become a blurry, art historical hodgepodge. However, thanks to Baldocks deft sensitivity to vernacular histories of craft, folklore, theater and ritual, his technical prowess, and, crucially, his dark, infectious sense of humor, this heady mix of references becomes engaging rather than overbearing.