stein at Basilico Fine Arts
Nov. 22 - Dec. 20, 1997
this striking exhibition titled "On the Inside," Laura
Stein, a young New York-born artist, presents eight color photographs,
five cast-acrylic sculptures displayed on waist-high pedestals,
and a video projected above a transom between two rooms of the gallery.
There is a conceptual unity to the show, but each of the components,
dealing with notions of outside/inside, could well stand on its
own. The photographs are images of outdoor nature scenes -- flowers,
sea and sky. They look overexposed or bleached out, as if while
developing the negatives, the artist flung open the darkroom door
for a milisecond, exposing the negatives to the light on the outside.
inside/outside idea continues in the clear resin sculptures, which
measure no more than two feet in any dimension. The outer forms
are in the shapes of plants or animals. But each has an interior
space hollowed out in the shape of a different animal or vegetable
form. For instance, Mushroom Inside, molded in the shape of a strawberry,
has a hollow interior carved in the form of a mushroom. Cactus Outside,
one of my favorite works in the show, is a cactus shape with a faintly
visible leafy vine carved out of the interior. In Mouse Inside,
a rodent with a long winding tail appears to be embedded in the
head of an antelope.
video is also and inside-out exploration, as a meandering camera
captures a walk through the maze of an English garden. Wispy but
intense strains of music on the soundtrack, which was performed
by the artist's friend Kid Congo of the band Congo Norell, add to
overall effectiveness of this translucent, light-filled exhibition."