Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.
Toys in the Attic
Toys in the Attic, an exhibition on view at Lennon Weinberg, is intended to provide aesthetic refreshment, with a twist or two, for the summer season.
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Works full of cheery intrigue create an air of peculiar festivity: Catherine Murphy's forlorn ballerina balloon, ever hiding in the corner, and Alan Turner's gaudy smiling protoplasm are barely illuminated by Carl Ostendarp's wan hanging lightbulb. Peter Soriano's friendly mutant blob provides festive company, with Ostendarp's donuts for dessert.
The girls of summer are either untouchable or a little too touchable. Matthew Draper creates slyly tasteful paintings of young women who seem to be visitors from another era. Cindy Workman's naughty portrait of a not-so-good-girl is a strange companion to the lonely disengaged Marcy, of "Marcy's Playground", a video by Jonathan Calm.
Holidays in the sun are no picnic, as demonstrated by a trio of prints by H.C. Westermann depicting a seedy tropical paradise, and Matthew Fisher's careful paintings of Napoleonic soldiers poised between bucolic leisure and military bearing. The figures at the center of Ryan Steadman's paintings seem to be having the most fun of all with their pranks and indolence.
In the last room, an immense abstract wooden sculpture by Raoul Hague yawns and stretches, gazing at Stephen Westfall's reductive depiction of a wistful horizon, while the pure light of the monochrome paintings by Daniel Levine reflect the natural light back into the room, creating a kind of synthetic solarium. Smaller works by Richard Kalina, Tony Berlant and Alan Turner provide visual punctation of the cool stillness of the room, like pebbles tossed into a pond.