Roxy Paine: Denuded Lens
Marianne Boesky Gallery
509 West 24th Street, New York
Through October 18
The artist Roxy Paine has long been interested in exploring combinations of the natural with the mechanical or manmade. In his latest exhibition, his first at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, called Denuded Lens, he has created a large-scale diorama of one of the more mundane but intrusive spaces of contemporary life: the airport security screening area.
Built out of computer-sculpted and hand-carved maple, the unconventional materials help to defamiliarize Checkpoint, giving the viewer an opportunity to take a critical view of a space characterized by surveillance and control. The exhibition also includes a few other freestanding pieces—a pinball machine, recording equipment—which are similarly realized in soft maple.