New Exhibit: 'Rock, Paper, Scissors'

July 25, 2012 | by —Jessica Ferri | Homepage

Scrolls by Hadieh Shafie

A new exhibit at Leila Heller Gallery features the work of nine artists all working within three mediums: rock, paper and scissors. In the “rock” section, you’ll find a bust by Jackson Pollock and abstract sculptures by American sculptor Louise Nevelson, such as a safe door that looks metal but is actually wood. “Nevelson’s work stands as a constant reminder of how the human brain functions when confronted with the familiar that has been appropriated into something unfamiliar altogether,” write the curators in the catalog.

In “paper,” look for Iranian artist Hadieh Shafie’s scrolls made of thousands and thousands of colorful layers of paper. French artist Louise Bourgeois occupies the “scissors” section, not with actual scissors but instead with fabric that has felt the wrath of scissors in the form of collage. Bourgeois came from a family of textile manufacturers and her personal history is deeply ingrained in each piece. “Rock, Paper, Scissors” will be on exhibit through August 18.568 W. 25th St., 212-249-7695

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