Wild animals

By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 14, 2010

It might be helpful to think of the subject of Andy Rosen's "psst" as the curator of the "Kingdom." A sculpted figure of a fox with an enormous tail (for enhanced mobility?) balances on four wooden stilts. The fox stares downward, pushing through an imaginary mire, its paws balancing on manmade rungs. Taken alone, "psst" is a museum wonder, an L.L. Bean-quality install, but in these conditions, it assumes the role of an evolutionary survivalist, a rare animal perceptive enough to recognize that the ark may be sinking.

Nicholas Schroeder can be reached atmrnicholasschroeder@gmail.com.

"KINGDOM" | Works by Lisa Pixley, Justin Richel, Andy Rosen, and Ed Smith | through July 31 | at Whitney Art Works, 492 Congress St, Portland | 207.780.0700

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