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Charles Long at Bonakdar Jancou
|Charles Long is known for his bulbous abstract sculptures made with unusual materials, ranging from concrete to coffee grounds. While some of the shapes he uses may recall certain works by Brancusi or Surrealist sculptors such as Arp, Long's wacky post-pop imagery seems to have been created by someone who has watched one too many episodes of "The Jetsons." Such a sensibility has allowed him to cast popcorn kernels in bronze for a past exhibition, and to collaborate with the spacey pop group Stereolab to produce what might be described as audio sculptures for couch potatoes.
The shelf-like wall sculptures on view in this show are perhaps a bit more conventional in terms of materials -- all are made of gaudy-colored cast rubber -- but the overall effect is as far-out as ever. The pieces look like they are in the process of morphing from shelves into living organisms. They may constitute an ode to Minimalism, but Donald Judd they are not. Long's writhing snake and vine-like forms, which seem to grow out of the shelves, and writhe and slither along the walls, belong to neither plant nor animal kingdoms. They, like many of Long's works, are in a category all their own.
Charles Long at Bonakdar Jancou (June 18-July 24), 521 W. 21st, 2nd Fl., 10011.