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01 Nov 2018

Shari Mendelson: Glasslike

Agnes Varis Art Center at UrbanGlass

Reviewed by Suzanne Unrein

Bar codes emerge out of filmy surfaces that recall ancient Roman and Islamic glass vessels in the form of animals and mythical figures. Blending observation, memory, and invention, Shari Mendelson creates spin-offs that charm and delight while conjuring histories and collective memories. She constructs them from repurposed plastic, lending a contemporary, disquieting edge.

In Deer Askos (2018), the hoofed mammal becomes an ancient vessel with inward gaze and legs sensitively tucked under a curved torso. A "best by" date is branded on its rear end, a reminder of the environmentally hazardous material that formed it.

A feline appears more house cat than lion in Sphinx with Bar Code (2018). Its human face looks wary. Its wings are clipped. With fragile front legs and a heavy top, this mythical creature seems both vulnerable and heroic in its modern form.

"Glasslike" is a reminder of objects left behind, from the artifacts of ancient civilizations to plastics that refuse to break down.

Exhibition Shari Mendelson: Glasslike link
Start date 12 Sep 2018
End date 03 Nov 2018
Presenter Agnes Varis Art Center at UrbanGlass link
Venue 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA map
Image Shari Mendelson, Deer Askos, 2018, repurposed plastic, hot glue, resin, acrylic polymer, paint, mica, 8 x 3 x 7 inches, photo Suzanne Unrein

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