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Weppler & Mahovsky, Ragged Yellow Net
Weppler & Mahovsky, Ragged Yellow Net

The Ragged Yellow Net (2008) Add to ...

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky of Vancouver create sculptures that revel in entropy and collapse. (An earlier piece consisted of a pair of sagging cars fashioned from tin foil.) Like Luanne Martineau, whose unruly boiled-wool sculptures are also in this show, these two recall such precursors as R. Crumb, Claes Oldenburg, Mad magazine and Philip Guston, drawing on the democratic, mad-cap energy of classic cartooning. Here, it is not clear what the yellow net refers to, but one can think of the work as a kind of semi-decomposing modernist grid ( à la Mondrian) supporting blobs of paint, a flying rotary telephone, a cane (Chaplin's ghost?), a battered brick and a length of chain that seems to defy gravity by leaping into the air. All of these elements are crafted from a kind of rubbery matter drenched in gooey paint. Their radical dishevelment engages our senses, igniting our messier urges.

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