Words written in shiny metallic paint cover Cock Gallery’s walls from top to bottom in Wynde Dyer’s installation, Frantic Efforts to Avoid Real or Imagined Abandonment
. The words envelop and crowd you in, which, along with the dark lighting, makes you feel trapped. It’s an environment apropos for a show about the past. This feeling of nostalgia-tinted claustrophobia is heightened by an insistent slide show, entitled Mother’s Lovers
, that unfurls on the gallery’s far wall. It shows a procession of men from an indeterminate period in the 1970s or 1980s, and it’s full of mustaches, chest hair and feathered tresses. Looking at it, you have a feeling you’ve seen these cheesy guys before, either in your own life or in the bell-bottomed recesses of collective memory. The show manages to feel both sexy and sad at the same time. Through March 30.
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