Dan Herschlein: The Architect
September 4, 2018 - January 6, 2019
In his performances, figurative sculptures, and drawings, Dan Herschlein stages psychological tableaux that evoke feelings of isolation, anxiety, and a fracturing of the self. His often life-size sculptural and relief works are meticulously crafted using cast plaster as well as common carpentry and furniture-making materials such as wood, joint compound, and wax. The fragmented spaces he creates suggest the uncanny atmosphere of nightmares, merging markers of domesticity—sofas, tables, recliners, and windows—with human figures or wandering body parts to underscore how furniture, architecture, and bodies can all serve as vessels of memory and witnesses of loss.
Sited in the window of the New Museum’s former 231 Bowery building, Herschlein‘s The Architect joined a series of window installations that relaunched a program the New Museum originally mounted in the 1980s.