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Tag: Marc Straus Gallery

With his second successful solo show at New York's Marc Straus Gallery freshly under his belt, Croatian artist Zlatan Vehabović is back home in Zagreb, diligently at work on a new series of paintings that will continue to explore themes of home and habitat, and the many worlds within worlds we must navigate, whether self-created or bestowed upon us.
Chris Jones's large-scale sculptural work looks fragile even though his subject matter often focuses on objects we presume to be tough, stable — even nearly unbreakable. In his current show at Mark Straus Gallery in New York City, a sports car melts and unravels before our eyes. A motorcycle tempts us to scratch and peel away its layers. Houses disintegrate into heaps of deteriorating objects. Jones works with abandoned and disused materials — old magazines, books, encyclopedias, paper ephemera and even trash — to create papier mache pieces that destabilize our view of the world around us. We create our environments through the accumulation of objects and materials. Jones's latest body of work pulls us back, reminding us how ephemeral and artificial these things are. It's a bleak reminder that material objects and the world we've built will not stand the test of time.

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