|Love, Photo Courtesy of the Artist|
|Altar Cats, Photo Courtesy of the Artist|
|Altar Monks, Photo Courtesy of the Artist|
And are these works luxurious or cruel? Whatever your cup of tea, animal lover, vegan, carnivore, they do hold their weight in aesthetics. These modern mummies are elegant, refined and evocative, even if one is completely offended by, let’s say, a cat’s skeleton behind Plexiglass. Altar Cats is placed high upon a pedestal: boxed within Plexi, atop 3000 red marbles, crouched in a Sphinxpose, over a delicately placed living red rose. Here, death, or the process of, becomes visible in the show. The flower that is now a crisp, red will soon dry out, showing the fragility of a lifespan be it human, animal or plant. Once dead, the rose will be replaced, thus repeating the process––a sacrifice of beauty.
|Smile, Photo Courtesy of the Artist|
|Photo Courtesy of the Artist|
In Happy Place the past is in conversation with the present. In 2012, for the Fountain of Youth, Grazi filled an entire room with plastic toy balls, inviting his audience to jump around and play in the ball pit as if they were 7-year-olds at Chuck E. Cheese. Repetition, for Grazi, is key. Thousands of balls for Fountain of Youth, thousands of marbles for Happy Place. Not a coincidence, a running theme. Remember the chair made of plexiglass and 76 syringes, lined up in perfect rows? If you don’t, you should look it up. Find the time to see this show. See for yourself if it makes you want to celebrate death or that it just simply freaks you the fuck out. Happy Place is up at ArtNowNY until November 30, 2013.