CURA.

CHARLES RAY
three rooms and the repair annex

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

May 3 – June 16, 2018

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Ray has divided the larger gallery, 522 West 22nd Street, into three rooms and installed a single sculpture in each one. Reclining Woman (2018), in the center of the main room, is machined from solid stainless steel. Presented in a relaxed pose on a rectangular steel base almost at eye level, the figure is slightly larger than life-size. The subject’s body has not been idealized, and every detail, from the toes on her feet to the mole on her cheek, is carved with a directness matched by her frank facial expression.

The scale shifts in the room at the back, where Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog (2017) is on view. This hypothetical scene from the hills around the artist’s home in Los Angeles is cast in sterling silver and is three and a half feet long and less than two feet high. The smaller scale encourages viewers to lean in and examine the detailed surfaces of the animals’ muscular bodies.

The third sculpture, A copy of ten marble fragments of the Great Eleusinian Relief (2017), is machined from a solid block of aluminum. It is based on a work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an amalgam of Roman marble fragments embedded in a plaster cast of the ancient Greek original.

Next door at 526 West 22nd Street are a pair of small-scale sculptures, Mechanic 1 and Mechanic 2 (2018). The sculptures depict the same figure in two different poses: one removes the wheel rim from an automobile tire while the other crouches and watches attentively. Both are made from machined solid stainless steel that has been painted in a matte white finish, which highlights the details on the sculptures and gives them an almost porcelain-like delicacy.

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CREDITS
Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery

OTHER TIPS
In THEMOVE, Lena Henke turns outside in and inside out. Urban space merges with the female body and New York street signs lead the way through the artist’s inner life. Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna
South London Gallery, London
The Gallery Apart, Rome
The exhibition War Games at Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart features early and recent works by Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl. Earlier as well as recent works appear in a dialogical arrangement conceived in collaboration with both artists. At Kunstmuseum, Basel
NICODIM, Bucharest
Galerie Emanuel Layr, Rome
Antoine Levi, Paris
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp