Alex Schweder

Because he originally trained as an architect, it comes as no surprise that artist Alex Schweder is obsessed with parallels between the human body and lived space. His new show, "Lovesick Buildings" is a brainy exploration of our six senses within buildings. Schweder's rubber and resin sculptures take the shape of weird, semi-biological forms—something called "Occupied Occupier III" is a collection of teethlike seats at war with a scattering of green resin candies. Schweder must have a sweet tooth, because another piece is a decaying amalgam of sugar, resin, and porcelain nipples. The 7-minute video on display features a mysterious, red-tinted journey by a colonoscopy camera—but rather than inside the um, rear end, this film is shot in a tub of cherry Jell-O and explores clear glass architectural forms. Trust me, it's not as gross as it sounds. In another piece, a row of scratch-and-sniff wallpaper (seen above along with "Occupied Occupier I") leads viewers on an olfactory progression from broiled steak to cheese to bread (hungry yet?), and culminates at a large, totemic sculpture in praise of the senses: a humongous synapselike column made from cast rubber. Howard House, 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

 
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