New York-based artist Heather Rowe's work combines sculpture, installation, and architecture. For her current show at D'Amelio Terras Rowe has restaged her complex installation Trouble Everyday which originally exhibited at the University of Michigan Museum of Art last October. According to the show's press release, "the work is an abstract construction of geometric lines and shapes" composed of "metal and wood supports which take cues from scaffolding to prop up hovering slices of floor and ceiling." The metal "scaffolding" supports fragments of mirrors housed between planks of wood. The geometrically cut, pointy-edged mirrors are arranged at eye-level in a large, hamster-like maze at varying angles giving viewers many perspectives and reflections and creating a disconcerting, fun-house hall of mirrors feel. According to Jacob Proctor, an Associate Curator at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, "Trouble Everyday presents the viewer with slice of space in which vision is alternately focused and frustrated, attracted by decorative details and deflected by angled shards of mirror that shatter and redirect our vision in a series of spatial jump cuts. As the viewer moves through and around the work, features and motifs appear and repeat, here rotated, there inverted." Rowe's tricky structure is an impressive and dramatic piece that challenges perspective and vision. More info at damelioterras.com. Through June 19th.
Also on view at D'Amelio Terras is Brooklyn-based artist Tamar Halpern's Short Trip to Nowhere. According to Richard Hell, who wrote the press release for the show, Halpern "compiles a surprising palate-array of hand motions, ink bottles, photographs, machinery and software functions, silkscreen panels, and shoes, among others, and employs them in the making of marks on strips of paper of the type intended to hold inkjet output." Halpern's five, highly manipulated works are casually hung on the walls and display obscured, fragmented images. The works' slightly cheeky titles barely give any indication as to what is in them, making you want to examine these intricate, multi-layered, abstract images all the more. Learn more at damelioterras.com. Through June 19th.