"Over There - Marque
Cornblatt at Catharine Clark Gallery"
Marque Cornblatt has perfected what I like to call exposed wire art: art-as-machine in the tradition of fluxus, with mechanic laid bare in all their crudeness. The star of the show is the artist's self portrait robot. Cornblatt has hooked up a TV-stand to remote control; the whole unit roves through the gallery, doing runway-inspired spins and poses to amuse viewers. He makes great fun of out techno-anxieties and fantasies - not the old-hat obsession about being controlled by robots, but the newer one about being confused with them.
For the low-tech part of the show, Cornblatt has crowded the room with Icarus figures - in the forms of female nudes, boys, and Buddha-like babies - all prepped for flight. Each Icarus comes with a hand crank, pierced through the solar plexus, that lets us flap its wings. I like the idea from the start , and the execution was fabulous; something in the fragility of the wings, and the solidarity of the bodies, and letting us become part of the angelic propeller took my breath away.
-Jori Finkel is a senior editor at Art and Auction Magazine.