Gallery 924; through

Feb. 25.

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The central works in The Biography of Objects are open cabinets and shelves displaying a

wide variety of found objects. The objects are attached as if by a mad

scientist who makes an obsession out of attention to detail.

The central works in The Biography of Objects are open cabinets and shelves displaying a

wide variety of found objects. Calisch explores

compositional balance as well as themes we might associate with the objects.

In "Echo's Dance" (a collaboration with Laura

Conners), we see sketches of plant cell structures

behind a turtle shell and a rusty animal trap - possibly a tableau of life and

death. It is nerve-racking to imagine Calisch and Conners setting the animal trap. In "Square, Level, and

Plumb," Calisch explores both physical and

compositional balance as achieved by a grid, a level and a hanging pendulum.

The exhibition comes into focus as a project not only to collect and organize

the objects, but to understand their original

function.

The show is tastefully interspersed with

vivid photos of abandoned buildings, or more accurately, building fragments,

seen in "Abandoned Attraction (Roadside)." The voice of the artist seems to

consistently say, 'Can you believe the stuff that people leave behind?'

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