thru Feb 28:
“I am in heaven”
Erik van Lieshout
Anton Kern Gallery, 532 W20th St., NYC
Rotterdam-based artist van Lieshout presents new drawings and a large-scale sculptural installation that doubles as a cinema for viewing his new feature film, WORK. His work navigates the limits of vulgarity, censorship, and consumer culture, and focuses a humorous, yet critical spotlight onto present day social and political realities, as well as our own notions of idealism and political engagement. Upon entering the gallery the viewer is ushered into a life-size tunnel haphazardly built out of scrap construction materials and lined with a patchwork of carpet. Continuing through the tunnel visitors are invited to sit and view the feature film in an intimate cinema setting. The exhibition also features large-scale charcoal and vinyl collages that portray a series of enraged protesters – mouths agape in mid roar – participating in recent political demonstrations.