She looks surprised, puzzled, with a trace of fear in her eyes as though
caught in a moment of naked self--awareness.
Their Pop-ish tenor, already late in the day by the '60s and '70s, gives them a superficially outmoded look, as though
Richard Hamilton's well-known 1956 collage Just What Is It tha t Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?
In short, Vladek sounded as though
he has substantially moderated his views about nursing homes since his "Unloving Care" days, but remained unsure about their future role -- an uncertainty that is echoed these days in many quarters.
The red Formulation (right turning, left turning) and black Formulation (Stance) (both 2000) are not as liquid, but they do look as though
they might suddenly sprout an appendage or two.
In this recent show, ten pieces cast from earlier wood and found-object sculptures were on display, ranging from what is ostensibly an abandoned chariot, treated manneristically - the reins and platform are absurdly elongated, as though
made for a Giacometti charioteer - to a group of five flowerlike forms.
The following conversation took place amidst New York's blizzard of '96, as though
the environment were duplicating the atmospheric wonder that the brothers' films so effortlessly provoke.
And in his 1979 performance Black Box, he lay immobile, as though
dead, in shallow water made milky by marble powder - another ironically deadly pool (immortality, traditionally symbolized by marble, being part of the narcissistic self-delusion).
She positions each pair of hands and feet more or less centrally, as though
they were detached from the body.