If ‘Untitled’ is a show about what Eisenman has been doing for two or three years, it is also a show – the clearest demonstration yet – of what they have been doing for three decades: building a world where life and form can finally have it out.
At the heart of the exhibition is ‘Maker’s Muck’ (2022), a representation of the creative process that is thoroughly evolutionary in spirit. An outsized plaster figure sits hunched over a potter’s wheel, on which a mound of ersatz clay interminably spins. The floor teems with sculptures. Some of the pieces are fully rendered and recognizable: owl, kouros, ketchup bottle. Others are either unfinished or beyond done, i.e. abstracted. A few are still little lumps. (Evolution is not in fact linear.)
‘The Abolitionists in the Park’ (2020-21) [pictured far left] limns a bigger world than the known one, with more figures engendering more, not less, space for each other; the painting seems to warp and exceed its frame.
Eisenman’s most noted collaboration is the one they have with the viewer, who is tasked with finishing their stories in her head.
About the artist
Nicole Eisenman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. They are a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018. Their work was included in the 2019 Venice Biennale, 2019 Whitney Biennial, and 2017 Skulptur Projekte Münster in Münster, Germany. Having established themself as a painter, Nicole Eisenman has expanded their practice into the third dimension.
On view in New York
‘Nicole Eisenman. (Untitled) Show’ is on view now through 29 Jul 2022 at Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd street.