Appearing simultaneously at the 2019 edition of the Venice Biennale and this fall at Paula Cooper Gallery, Christian Marclays 48 War Movies (2019) and an accompanying series of woodblock prints called Screams (all 2018 or 2019) testify to the strangely complex relationship we have with war and its imagery.
Materiality, finish, the artists hand or lack thereof, and the imitative potential of sculpture: Ray is, in this installation of his work and its important bronze precedents, presenting a philosophical discussion of sculptural possibility. In his essay, Ray asks, Does my mime sleep, or does he mime sleep? and his question is justified: sculpture can only ever mime the real.
Throughout Wardrobe Test, we encounter women trying things on: costumes, other voices, new or different personae. And yet despite, or even through, this garb, we also witness glimpses of what we have to assume or hope to believe is the person within, the compassionate collaborator and mourner, the artist as empath, the woman of faith above all else.