Michael Mahalchick: Unnatural Desires
Thur 10.20 (7-9pm)
CANADA (55-59 Chrystie St, 212.925.4631)
Combining strips of found fabric, old clothing, and other collected items, Michael Mahalchick stitches together soft sculptures that are big enough to be hugged and odd enough to merit closer investigation. His works are seemingly playful, childhood toys that evoke disconcerting images of fetishistic proclivities. Inviting us to mingle with the strange and unusual, he subtly draws out our perverse curiosity, turning the gallery into a dreamy playground of aberrant creatures, estranged from reality and consciously displayed as art. Mahalchick calls this eclectic world a “magical transformation of ready-mades,” demonstrating an essential, material-based artistic vision that leads the way to peculiar fantasy. (JF)
Note: This exhibit continues through Sun 12.4 (Wed-Sun: 12-6pm).