press release

18 Wooster Street

05.05.2018 - 30.06.2018

People, an exhibition of figurative sculpture, was presented at 18 Wooster Street from May 5 - June 30, 2018.

The works by the thirty artists included in the show reflected the diversity of the people who the sculptures represented. The artists’ directions ranged from photorealism to allegory. The subjects ranged from ordinary individuals to objects of fantasy. The diversity of styles and imagery reflected the world that we live in. All of the works reflected a new approach to figurative sculpture that were inspired by the innovations of Dada, Surrealism and Assemblage. None of the works were carved or modeled in a traditional way. Some were made from body casts, while others were constructed from mannequins and found objects. Only a few used conventional sculptural materials like bronze.

People was inspired by Mike Kelley’s influential exhibition The Uncanny, originally presented in 1993, and by the work that generated some of the concepts articulated in Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley’s “Heidi House” from 1992. “Heidi House,” formally titled Heidi, Midlife Crisis Trauma Center & Negative Media-Engram Abreaction Release Zone was presented in a new configuration designed by Paul McCarthy in Jeffrey Deitch’s 76 Grand Street gallery building, around the corner. People also extended the discourse of the Like Life exhibition of figurative sculpture on view at the Met Breuer.

Narcissister presented her performative work Totem on May 12th, May 19th, and June 30th from 1PM to 6PM.

Artists included in People were:
John Ahearn, Pawel Althamer, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Vanessa Beecroft, Nick Cave, Karon Davis, John DeAndrea, Aleksandra Domanovic, Rachel Feinstein, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, Forcefield, Katharina Fritsch, Isa Genzken, Stefan Hablutzel, Duane Hanson, Martin Honert, Elizabeth Jaeger, Koffi Koffi Kouakou, Coulibaly Siaka Paul, Emile Guebehi, Nicolas Damas, Tony Matelli, Barry McGee, Matthew Monahan, Narcissister, Ugo Rondinone, Kenny Scharf, Kiki Smith, Rigoberto Torres, Anna Uddenberg, Stewart Uoo, Andra Ursuta, Andro Wekua