, May 2005


By Martha Schwendener

A series of discrete sculptures made of Home Depot-type materials come together to create an installation that mimics Marcel Duchamp's final opus, Etant donnes (1946-66). Bunched-up plastic simulates the clouds in the background of Duchamp's tableau; sculpted mounds of cardboard, roofing, wood laminate, and fabric evoke the barren landscape (while also recalling traditional Chinese painting); and a little fragment of fake brick mountd on a wooden structure at the south end of the gallery ofers a peephole through which to view the whole installation. Only the nude is missing--or present in another form, since Kaczynski creates it with negative space, "drawing" its outline with the edges of the various sculptures. The work, like the one it's based on, seems both a study of depth and perspective and a critique of the Western tradition--though the conspicuous absence/presence of th nude would seem to place Duchamp within the scope of Kaczynski's critique, adding a compelling tension to her homage to the Great Man.


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