A really big show!

By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2013

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STARRY NIGHT "In Sagittarius" from Alario's 'What We Conjure' series.

Marco Gallegos knows how to make furniture, as is evident from his elegant, minimalist eight-foot-tall ash plywood and steel fan. But you'll also be impressed by his Home Brewing Station, a handsome white oak and stainless steel trunk stocked with everything you need to begin making your own beer, and his bike saddlebag for stylishly transporting bottles of libations.

In Scott Alario's earlier series Our Fable, he staged photographic fantasies with his wife and baby daughter. Here newer photos from his What We Conjure series retain some of that play, but dial down the magic, and I miss it some. There's still dreamy carrying-on, as in a shot of his daughter squinting in a spotlight under a constellation of stars or his photo Preparing to Collect to Nature (All the House Plants), which depicts a naked lady hidden amidst a jungle of potted plants. But Alario has achieved straightforward, warm, steady observation in these velvety black and white photos. He stares into a compost bucket. A girl kneels surrounded by seed packets arrayed in neat rows. A man (I'm assuming it's Alario himself) holds his sleeping girl in his arms outside a house at night.

Anna Huemmer's Good Object 2 is a blob mounted on its own pedestal. It's not the lumpy shape that catches you (it resembles a surreal playground climbing, ride-on thing), but Huemmer's choice of material. The sculpture is coved in a skin of distinctively rubbery orange squares cut from traffic cones.

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