People ~ we live in a city with 8 million of them, all different and all following their own dreams. And so, the exhibition entitled People at Deitch Projects represents that same diversity and style, created by twenty-nine artists ~ from the ordinary to objects of fantasy.
The works, reflecting a new approach to figurative sculpture inspired by the innovations of Dada, Surrealism and Assemblage, were inspired by Mike Kelley’s influential exhibition The Uncanny. originally presented in 1993, and by “the work that generated some of the concepts articulated in Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley’s Heidi House from 1992.”
Read about related programming at Jeffrey Deitch’s 76 Grand Street Gallery.
(Center) Nick Cave, Soundsuite, 2015; Back-Left: Forcefield, Lord of the Rings Modulator Shroud, 2002-2015, Stainless steel ID rings; Back right: John DeAndrea, A Classical Allusion, 1987, Oil on polyvinyl & marble.
Some of the sculptures are made from body casts, others are constructed from mannequins and found objects, and a few use conventional sculptural materials like bronze. All are life-size, with great attention paid to detail.
On the wall behind ‘Sneakers 2‘ is the installation, Untitled (5 Tagger Installation), 2005, a mixed media piece by artist Barry McGee, who magically has the arm of the top figure moving left to right, as if actually spray-painting.
Artists exhibiting in People include John Ahearn, Pawel Althamer, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Vanessa Beecroft, Nick Cave, Karon Davis, John DeAndrea, Aleksandra Domano, Rachel Feinstein, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Forcefield, Katharina Fritsch, Isa Genzken, Stefan Hablutzel, Duane Hanson, Martin Honert, Elizabeth Jaeger, Koffi Koffi Kouakou / Coulibaly Siaka Paul /Emile Guebehi / Nicolas Damas, Tony Matelli, Barry McGee, Matthew Monahan, Narcissister, Ugo Rondinone, Kenny Scharf, Kiki Smith, Rigoberto Torres, Anna Uddenberg, Stewart Uoo, Andra Ursuta, Andro Wekua
The exhibition, People, will be on view to June 30, 2018 at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street in Soho.