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Louise Kruger: Fabric and Wood

Lori Bookstein Fine Art
138 Tenth Avenue, 212-750-0949
June 9 - July 9, 2010
Reception: Wednesday, June 9, 6 - 8 PM
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Lori Bookstein Fine Art is pleased to present fabric works and wood sculpture by Louise Kruger. Dating from the 1960s and 70s, with some works as early as 1955, the show presents the artist’s distinctive cast of people and animals, made in hand-stitched, tapestry-sized wall hangings and carved, sometimes painted, wood works. Characteristic of the work are the dichotomies of Kruger’s process: not least the way a disarmingly folksy craftsmanship is as easily the backdrop for genuine playfulness and whimsical exploration as it is for incisive political and feminist concerns. Kruger passes as fluidly from needle to chisel as she does in meaning, delivering messages at times stark and precise, at others ambiguous and generalized.

With the larger-than-life scaled hangings, Kruger conjures personages and vignettes from various patched fabrics, exploiting properties of pattern and texture to substitute for volume. The forms are flat but suggestive, the gestures anatomically improbable but wholly legible. In these works, Brice Brown writes, “Kruger manages to balance paradoxes to great effect… finding the sweet-spot where the homey and inviting play counterpoint to razor sharp critique. It’s a tough row to hoe, for politics and aesthetics can be feisty lovers. But Kruger clearly understands how to portion information so as to encourage innuendo and allusion through a few simple elements, daring the viewer to complete the narratives.”

Kruger’s abbreviated, approximated passages are studded with open-ended stories. Whether overtly political, such as the image of a smiling mother positioned over a squashed baby (the artist’s response to Roe v. Wade), or more obliquely critical – the striped red and white nude, saluting patriotically in front of an American flag – Kruger’s storytelling is one part biting, two parts mysterious.
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