Kristen Wentrcek & Andrew Zebulon
In “CRAWL SPACE” at Larrie, artists Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon collaborate to create a surreal visual landscape drawn from hidden infrastructures that exist just beyond the surface of daily life.
Their sculptural work explores the little-seen industrial underbelly that supports American society through the reimagining of manufacturing processes. Wentrcek and Zebulon—who source their materials from suppliers of orthodontic and medical equipment, gardening stores, eBay, and hardware stores—successfully scavenge a vast array of used commodities: aluminum tubes, grease, cast urethane rubber, sod, cellophane easter grass, and beyond.
The duo transforms these found objects into hanging sculptures by hermetically sealing them in clear urethane bags. This preserves each item in its respective stage of decay while simultaneously lifting it out of its original, invisible context—and in turn placing it into the hyper-visible space of a gallery. Maintained in this manner, the sculptures in “CRAWL SPACE” take on a clinical aura, rendered timeless even as they decompose.
Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon, Model 3: Stadium Gate, 2020. Polyurethane bag, aluminum, sod, rubber, grease, steel wire, 48 x 36 x 2 inches.