The Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting the exhibition Rock, Paper, Scissors inspired by the popular hand game of the same name. The exhibition features several paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, mixed media work, and other installations by nine artists and is divided into three parts. As the title of the show might suggest, the first part is titled Rock the second titled Paper, and the third titled Scissors. Included in the Rock section are a face sculpture made from stone by Jackson Pollack, several monoliths by Kasper Sonne, and a couple of sculptures by Louise Nevelson.
The Paper section is comprised of work by Kim Chun Hwan, Rob Carter, and Hadieh Shafie. Kim Chun Hwan contributes her paper and wood on panel pieces including one depicting Marilyn Monroe. Similarly, Hadieh Shafie showcases her style of putting together ink, acrylic and paper collages of hundreds of colorful circles varying in size; while Rob Carter presents black and white prints and photographs and a short film.
Included in the Scissors section are works by Louise Bourgeois, Soonja Han, and Jim Dine. Soonja Han offers her acrylic on canvas pieces titled Blue Flower and Pink Flower in addition to her collage Study for Circles and installation of notebook pages and photographs titled Life, Love, and Death. An untitled piece by Louise Bourgeois made from fabric and a series of drawings by Jim Dine are also presented in this section.
Curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath point out that “Rock, Paper, Scissors is a double folded statement that ponders the broad range within the formalistic trends that have come to define the contemporary moment of artistic production. The exhibition explores the extent to which contemporary art oscillates between a concern for art-historical lineage and the desire for a departure from formal expression.”
At The Leila Heller Gallery 568 W. 25th St., through August 18. The gallery is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.