Although he’s previously worked with Marlborough Chelsea, notably in their “Broadway Morey Boogie” installation along Broadway between 59th and 166th streets in 2014 and ’15, “MR. SOFTEE” is Lars Fisk’s first solo show with the gallery. Fisk formerly worked with the trippy jam band Phish, doing stage design, and his work here is definitely psychedelic, taking portions of the world and warping them into globes reminiscent of M.C. Escher’s Hand with Reflecting Sphere (1935). Cobblestone streets with a manhole, the façade of a self-storage building, pencils, and, gigantically, a floor-to-ceiling parking lot globe. The show is paired with equally hypnagogic solos by Joe Roberts, in the viewing room, and, upstairs, the text-based group show “SMS SOS,” with work by Tony Matelli, Davina Semo, Aida Ruilova, Devin Troy Strother, and others. NOAH DILLON
Installation view, “Lars Fisk: MR. SOFTEE,” 2016, at Marlborough Chelsea. Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Chelsea.
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