PHYLLIS ODESSEY

more than six degrees of separation

 

wheel detailFor the moment, Rachel Feinstein is the darling of the art world.  Her work for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, called Folly consists of three structures constructed of powdered coated aluminum and graphically printed. Feinstein sites Ballets Russes, Commedia dell’arte, Fellini movies, Piranesi prints, and Meissen porcelain as the historic influences for this work.

entire sculpture wheel

Cliff House

“I imagined my sculptures to be stage props on a large theatrical set
that was the park, with its trees as the first background layer on the stage and the buildings and city as the final painted backdrop”. Rachel Feinstein

wheel sculpture

courthouse mad sq

Courthouse across from Madison Square Park

I am a big fan of follies in the landscape.  Feinsteins’ sculptures struck me as ornamentations, but not follies.  The diameter of the fence around the follies, separates the viewer from the sculptures.

detail wheelsign

The above sign is across the street from Madison Square Park advertising a new tower.  In a funny way, the white Rococo silhouettes  of the signage bear an uncanny resemblance to Feinstein’s sculptures.

arch

Rococo Hut

arch

close up staircase

I understand why Feinstein thinks of these sculptures as theatrical backdrops.  Even though they are three dimensional, they have a flatness that makes them feel like scenery on a stage.  The fact that you cannot get close or interact with the work magnifies the detachment. The lawn acts as the proscenium.

ship total

Flying Ship

What is really amazing about the Follies are their paper cutout character.  There is a hand-drawn quality, which gives the work an impromptu quality, like looking  through an artists sketchbook.  You have until September 7 to see if you can get emotionally involved in the work.
top of ship

map

Rachel Feinstein
FOLLY
Flying Ship
Rocco Hut
Cliff House
Madison Square Art
Madison Square Park Conservancy
May 7 – September 7, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/fashion/13CurrinFeinstein.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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