On View

‘Bob Zoell / Wyatt Kahn’ at Rachel Uffner Gallery

Installation view.

Installation view.

Bob Zoell’s enameled metal boxes date back to the ’90s, but they look like omens of where we’re going. In white, gray, powder blue, emergency orange, Starburst yellow and Pepto-Bismol pink, they’re painting-sized containers of nothing, ominously monochrome except for a few black or white horizontal stripes like redactions in a Freedom of Information Act request. Paired with Wyatt Kahn’s canvas constructions—raw monochromes built of irregularly shaped little canvases pieced together into six-and-a-half-foot-tall rectangles—they waver between sweetness and poison, depending on what mercy we can expect from the image when it finally conquers the word. (Through June 2, 2013)

Follow Will Heinrich via RSS.