A sextet of unhappy South Pole explorers hang down from the ceiling in the unexpectedly thrilling new show at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, while along a wall the seven dwarves rest side by side, light-up miners’ helmets giving each of them the slightest hint of a menacing glow. Marionette maker Erik Sanko and artist/art director Jessica Grindstaff are the New York-based Phantom Limb Company. Their gothic influenced marionettes are used in the service of moody plays about the environment. (Next month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music they’re premiering a full-length puppet theater piece about the Fukushima disaster.) The level of detail is remarkable; I’m not sure I’ve ever spent so much time admiring the details of puppet shoes before. The other half of the gallery space features interesting and thematically related sculptures by Susan Clinard, largely carved out of wood.
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October 21 2018