Mikkel Carl’s exhibition in two parts is now on view through 17 June 2018 at M23, Brooklyn. The reflective wall works at 120 Waterbury Street are activated by visitors, the existing architecture, and ongoing relationships created by the continual fluctuation of daylight.
The exhibit continues at M23/Project Room with the monolithic work specific to M23’s Morgan Avenue space consisting of a 12 foot, concrete wall built inside the gallery space, effectively bifurcating it in two. By rendering one side inaccessible to the viewer, Carl produces a spatial self-awareness in the spirit of classical minimalist sculpture. The piece can also be understood to reference the Berlin Wall, as well as Richard Serra’s controversial 1981 public sculpture Tilted Arc, both by-gone monumental architectures. Shared amongst these projects is a very direct attempt of controlling and commenting on space and its politics through analog and architectural means loaded with heavy-handed symbolism—as recently encapsulated by the border wall proposed to separate Mexico from the United States.
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