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David Ersser
Roebling Hall
606 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
September 7, 2007 - October 6, 2007


Balsa Dreams
by Keith Miller


In David Ersser’s installation Nothing but Heavy Duty the artist has carved the tools and stuff you find in a woodshop, all out of balsa wood. The life-sized objects include the tools needed to make exactly what you find in the show. This Borges-like circularity is fun but it’s not the star. As you walk through the dust and see the opened cigarette packs, the circular saw or the crushed cans, the skilled craftsmanship functions to transport the spectator, as the best technique does. Ersser’s installation is inspiringly well made yet it does not boast about its craft. Instead, it lets us contemplate the nature of labor, aesthetics and the beauty of simplicity. Hopefully, there are no theorists around to ruin the fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*Images, from top to bottom:  David Ersser, Nothing but Heavy Duty, September 7 - October 6, 2007; Roebling Hall, Nothing but Heavy Duty (installation detail), 2007, Courtesy of David Ersser & Roebling Hall. David Ersser, Nothing but Heavy Duty, September 7 - October 6, 2007; Roebling Hall, Nothing but Heavy Duty (installation detail), 2007, Courtesy of David Ersser & Roebling Hall.)



Posted by Keith Miller on 9/27/07

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