Saturday, October 2, 2010
Anj Smith @ Hauser & Wirth through 10/02/2010
Fourteen nearly miniature, Dutch-looking, post-apocalyptic oils are each encrusted with a miniature sculpture. Most depict wan, androgynous figures in a wasteland populated by tiny Bosch-like visages and skulls, before a distant, darkening horizon. Clad in tattered gauzy fabrics, they are "sheltered" by banner, curtain and tent-like objects. Patched together from the remains of our civilization's T-shirts every stray thread and cord in the pictures draws a parallel hopelessness. The works seem to illustrate an apocalypse expected 20 years ago, with scraps of Papa Smurf and Mickey Mouse and one bearing the tragically obsolete slogan "hang in there."