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Santiago Cucullu has created an immersive environment in the Henry’s East Gallery. His installation centers on a grandly scaled wall drawing made of colorful contact paper. Inspired by the German expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the drawing sets the stage for an expanded perception of the gallery’s usual white-walled architecture. Just as the silent film’s sets appeared animated and collapsible, Cucullu’s interventions fold the gallery into an alternative reality, where an enlivened architecture envelopes us. Several sculptures made of aluminum, wood, airline blankets, and pillows populate the space and interrupt our usual pathways through it. Composed of everyday materials, they exude a spontaneous theatricality that engages the viewer and fuses art and life.
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