MARCASViviana Abelson, 2019
The jacket-like sculpture – metal-seamed and hung with chains, whose collar and shoulders are surmounted by a bulging armour of tyre treads – is not draped over a coat hanger but over a starkly angular steel support. One is put in mind of punk and rocker culture, of brutality and thugs.Erhard Metz
And yet there is a peculiar poetry to this sculpture. One could read it as a memory of, a longing and demand for a life of freedom, independence and self-determination, a romanticised ‘being-left-to-one’s-own-devices’ in a harsh environment. Perhaps there is a faint whiff of adventurism about it, of South American gaucho culture. That would invest the jacket, which seems so brutalist at first glance, with something protective, something that helps people survive in the great but inhospitable outdoors. Something homely.
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