Ruby Sky Stiler and Daniel Gordon on three shows in New York [posted 4/17/2018]

“We were alternately uplifted and a little nauseated.”

“Keltie Ferris: (F(U(T()U)R)E)”
through May 19
Mitchell-Innes & Nash

“Life Like: Sculpture, Color, and the Body”
through July 22
Met Breuer

“Nick Poe/Sophie Stone”
through April 12
Safe Gallery

We saw three shows this past weekend that we’d recommend. In “(F(U(T()U)R)E)”, Keltie Ferris’s exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, her paintings really reveal her deliberating and experimenting as she goes along. The sense that you are looking at a visual record of the artist’s thought process is a consistent feature of Ferris’s work, and one that we both find very attractive. Her show was a real pleasure to see.

Keltie Ferris, loVE waVE, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, triptych, 80 x 201 inches overall. Copyright © Keltie Ferris. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

The exhibition “Life Like: Sculpture, Color, and the Body,” at the Met Breuer brings together more than 100 figurative sculptures from the 14th century to the present. Installed in nonlinear and nonhierarchical groupings are works ranging from idealized representations of the body in pure white marble to fleshier depictions in papier-mâché, wax, and even frozen human blood; we were alternately uplifted and a little nauseated.

Donatello, Bust of Niccolò da Uzzano, 1430s, polychromed terracotta. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence. In “Life Like: Sculpture, Color, and the Body” at the Met Breur, New York, March 21–July 22, 2018.

The exhibitions at Safe Gallery, a great artist-run space in Bushwick, are always two-person shows. The artists this month are Nick Poe and Sophie Stone, who have totally different sensibilities. It’s an offbeat pairing, but it somehow works. Stone makes scrappy textile pieces with a shipwrecked presence, and we played pool on a table sculpture by Nick Poe, which was really fun!

Installation view of “Nick Poe/Sophie Stone” at Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, March 23–April 22, 2018. Courtesy of the artists and Safe Gallery, New York.

Ruby Sky Stiler and Daniel Gordon are artists. Gordon’s work is currently on view in “Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography” at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles through May 27. Stiler’s work is included in “The Cruelest Month,” a group show running through June 30 at Mother Gallery, Beacon, New York. Gordon and Stiler run Downstairs Projects, an exhibition space for contemporary art in Brooklyn .