Rigging the Weather

When: June 10-July 31 2009

Kristina Lewis explores the sculptural possibilities of common household objects like duct tape, drinking straws, zippers, needles, and magnifying glasses, transmuting them into oddly satisfying assemblages rich with suggestion. For this site-specific installation, she reassembled broken black umbrellas into a large central structure (or personage) accompanied by four smaller companions. She bundled the aluminum ribs into sprays that suggest palm fronds, windshield wipers, or rakes, or shrimps and spiders. She sewed the nylon wedges into large black flowers or anemones that float above the spiders like hot-air parade balloons above their tiny handlers. A gameboard composed of birch plywood triangles fits the lobby floor tiles perfectly, integrating these strange puppets into their lobby environment. Richard Tuttle's polygonal cloth wall pieces come to mind, as do George Rickey's swaying metal caliper arms or chopsticks, but the batlike, batty humor here belongs to Lewis. Through July 31 at Oakland Museum Sculpture Court (1111 Broadway, Oakland) or 510-238-6836.

DeWitt Cheng

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