TOES, KNEES, SHOULDERS, HEADS + BUTTS & GUTS
The classic children’s song “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” may be concerned with building a healthy body, but this exhibition, which includes a “BUTTS & GUTS” addendum, has to do with structuring an exhibition, with the division of space taking place both laterally and in elevation. On view at Meredith Rosen, each work of "TOES, KNEES, SHOULDERS, HEADS + BUTTS & GUTS" takes place at one of those respective heights, building up into a chimerical group show.
Hadi Fallahpisheh’s toe-level Persian Cat Sam (Mouse House) (2020) looks up at the viewer with a blankly smiling painted-on dish for a face, and is paired overhead by Jorge Pardo’s Untitled (2013), which consists of three fiery split dodecahedron lamps. Francesco Galetto, an artist with an abiding interest in scaffolding, contributes Taburet 1 (2015), a petaled barstool with shapes sliced out of it, cleaved from parota wood. Zak Kitnick, curator of the exhibition, includes his own, very much on-theme work: the massive Farm Butts (2015), a four-panel polyptych of the rear ends of four farm animals.
Installation View, TOES, KNEES, SHOULDERS, HEADS + BUTTS & GUTS, at Meredith Rosen Gallery. 2021. Photo: Adam Reich
Below: Hadi Fallahpisheh, Persian Cat Sam (Mouse House), 2020, 16 x 16 x 14 inches. Above: Tom Burr, grip thirteen, 2016. Hot rolled steel, printed stainless steel, glass, 23 x 35 x 3.4 inches.