SoHo window shoppers strolling by 76 Grand Street passed a high-fashion boutique featuring stylishly elegant dresses and accessories. A quick look revealed nothing out of the ordinary in a neighborhood filled with similar stores, but those who stepped inside to examine the merchandise received an unexpected surprise. All the products in Human Furrier, the boutique of Nicola Constantino, were skillfully made from synthetic human skin.
An intricate frieze embedded into the wall drew the viewer into the main gallery. At first glance, the frieze was reminiscent of a battle scene from the pediment of a Greek temple, with horses tumbling on top of each other. However, the intertwined animal bodies were, in fact, casts of the fetuses of colts and calves. Running along the walls like tubes, the friezes resembled trenches filled with bodies uncovered in an archaeological excavation. One reference might have been to the excavations in Pompeii, but the work alluded more sharply to Constantino’s native country, Argentina, during the period of repression from the late 1970s to the early ’80s. The uncovering of mass graves and the opening of a pipe stuffed with dead bodies remained fresh in the artist’s memory.
On the floor of the main gallery were cast metal balls made from the bodies of pigs and cows pushed into a spherical shape. Constantino was interested in the contrast between the imperfect shapes of animal bodies and the round perfection of the sphere. The work abstracted the animal form for artistic consumption, paralleling the way that packages of meat abstract the slaughtered animal.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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