Former Physician Performs Poetic Surgery With Unexpected Materials
At the back of Callicoon Fine Art‘s Delancey Street space hangs the straightforwardly named Red White White Blue, pictured above—a wall sculpture composed of corrugated plastic and gel. It’s a work by the former physician Thomas Kovachevich, who, beginning with a solo at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 1973, has been making two- and three-dimensional work via fairly humble means. Get up close to Red White White Blue and you can see the incisions required to piece it together, yet it still hums with an almost Turrellian glow, despite its D.I.Y. nature. Likewise Solid Geometry, below, a constellation of 35 sculptures in black corrugated plastic that, arranged together, resemble a seriously warped, seriously high-powered sound-system.
Kovachevich’s work is on view at Callicoon’s two spaces in New York through March 30. Their Forsyth location features a range of small-scale paintings of various fantastical objects and shapes floating on black backgrounds. (At first glance they’re not that impressive, but stick around a while and you’ll find plenty to admire in the way light plays on the surfaces, not to mention the thoroughly bizarre subject matter itself). A third exhibition is also up at Show Room Gowanus in Brooklyn. Fans of B. Wurtz or Richard Tuttle will find plenty of oddball ingenuity to admire here.