Manny Krakowski at Monte Vista Projects
September 2, 2016 - Aaron Horst
A looped glass pipe rises out and returns through the top of a freezer in Manny Krakowski’s A Simple Chemistry Experiment Explained as a Monument, currently on view at Monte Vista Projects. Shorn of insulation at its turning point, the pipe reveals a steady flow of cooled (salt) water, its outer condensation dripping onto a piece of synthetic marble below.
The quotidian object in art easily tempts cynicism. To his credit, Krakowski demonstrates that it might still provoke thought—or at least curiosity, for those of us plunged into ponderance by the hum of a compressor. Krakowski’s appliance is transformed, in a manner both subtle and extreme: its innards foregrounded, its intended function left in the dust. Less clear is its relation to the surrounding, accessorized tableau, comprising two immaculate blown-glass orbs, real and synthetic marble, a steel armature smeared in a patina-ing sunscreen (Coppertone?), and overextended aspirations into the digital realm via a materials list reference to “virtual space,” which directs to a vague, appreciably scenic webpage.Read More >> Download Article (PDF)