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Monday, October 18th, 2010

Gorgon Triffids on 22nd Street: Annabeth Rosen at Meulensteen


installation shot of Annabeth Rosen at Meulensteen with, left to right, Doxa, Bockade and Zthero, all 2009, ceramic, bailing wire, steel plate and neoprene casters

installation shot of Annabeth Rosen at Meulensteen with, left to right, Doxa, Bockade and Zthero, all 2009, ceramic, bailing wire, steel plate and neoprene casters

Annabeth Rosen is not just holder of the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at UC Davis in name but truly in spirit as well, extending the legacy of the legendary Arneson in a quest for fully sculptural expression through ceramic.  Astoundingly for so revered an exponent of this art, her project room show at Meulensteen (formerly Max Protetch) is her New York solo debut.  Filling the gallery’s window on 22nd Street are three hybrid personages that fuse elements of Medusa, Ubu Roi and the Day of the Triffids.  Stacked defiantly on dollies are goofy, cartoonish, baton-cum-squash shapes exuberantly bundled and crammed together and seemingly pushing and shoving to get on top of one another like writhing souls in a scene from Dante.  The artist has admitted to violent imagery rooted in watching too much TV in childhood and bohemian New York years in rough neighborhoods. The result, though, is a gorgeous muscularity merrily recalling the sinewy contortions of Giambologna.

Through November 6. 511 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th avenues, 212 633 6999

Annabeth Rosen, Blockade, 2009. Ceramic, bailing wire, steel plate and neoprene casters, 63 x 26 x 33 inches.  Courtesy of Meulensteen Annabeth Rosen, Doxa, 2009. Ceramic, bailing wire, steel plate and neoprene casters, 58 x 38 x 26 inches.  Courtesy of Meulensteen  Annabeth Rosen, Ztheo, 2009. Ceramic, bailing wire, steel plate and neoprene casters, 58-1/2 x 33 x 26 inches.  Courtesy of Meulensteen


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2 Responses to Gorgon Triffids on 22nd Street: Annabeth Rosen at Meulensteen

  1. sara stites says:

    These are really a turn on. They refer to many things but stand on their own as beings – as we all do…..very exciting to see.

  2. rex says:

    This is a reminder of a masquerade presentation at a festival, i attended in Asaba, Delta State of Nigeria. Incredibly radical in its form and movement.

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