The Boiler [installation view]. Photo: 16 Miles [more]
Jonathan Schipper, Invisible Sphere (215 Points of View), 2005-2009. Photo: 16 Miles [more]
Jonathan Schipper, Invisible Sphere (215 Points of View) [detail], 2005-2009. Photo: 16 Miles [more]
While the rest of the art world collapses, Pierogi is taking over more Brooklyn real estate, showing three crisp works by three different artists in a warehouse space they have dubbed The Boiler. Yoon Lee presents an impasto-heavy, almost-Baroque take on Julie Mehetru, while Jonathan Schipper's gigantic spherical video-monitor sculpture hangs from the epic ceilings via heavy chain. It's a perfect use of the space.
Tavares Strachan, meanwhile, wields more ideas than I have seen in quite a while to arrive at a piece that would be a marvel to look at even without all of the conceptual conceits. Here's an explanation of part of the piece from Jerry Saltz, who also loved it:
In 2004, Strachan cut a 2.5-ton block of ice from the Alaskan Arctic, shipped it to the Bahamas (where he's from), and exhibited it there in a hermetically sealed refrigerated room powered by solar cells. Pictures suggest that it was interesting there; now, installed in a former boiler room, it's like hell freezing over. Far above the case two fans blow two flags: one at the current wind speed of Mount McKinley, the other at the Bahamas' Nassau airport's.