“Commodity/Fetish” at Miguel Abreu Gallery

I recently saw the opening “Commodity/ Fetish” at Miguel Abreu Gallery in the Lower East Side and thought it posed some interesting connections to Deleuze and architectural space. While the artwork by Hans Bellmer, Richard Prince, Sam LeWitt and others was generally good (with the huge exception of them being all white men … well, what’s new?), the most interesting aspect of the opening was the organization of space in the gallery.

Walking into the low-leveled basement of the gallery, viewers were confronted with four plus-shaped sized structures (“+”). Art hung on each of the 8 sides of the plus-shaped design. The design element that was most interesting was that each of these “+”-shapes were on a turnstile and moved a full 360 degrees. Essentially, you could stand at one of these structures and move the walls around to see new artwork on each side, like you were flipping through a clothing rack.

Wheels on the bottom of the structures (bottom left) allowed for a 360 degree rotation

While this design certainly implied a “next, next” consumerist mentality (like flipping through products at a store) that fell in line with the theme of “Commodity/ Fetish” (not to mention the comment on the epic-scale consumerism that defines the art world), this design element also served to create a space that was constantly in flux.  This architectural design of space facilitated new encounters with the artwork when suddenly two or more different artworks were side by side. The theme of the show and the artwork featured were fairly straight-forward, but I think it was a successful show overall because of how the space was continuously moving and changing viewers perception of the gallery space and the artworks within it.

Unfortunately the show closed last week; however, Miguel Abreu Gallery is definitely a gallery to keep your eye on: the owner is inspired by the philosophy of Deleuze (and many others), and the gallery has just launched a publishing house called Sequence that is specifically focused on contemporary philosophy and art.

– Chris P.


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