Here we are met with formal elegance, with careful, almost obsessive craftsmanship, and clear thematic lines. Yet a profound unease unobtrusively takes root while at the show and grows after leaving the gallery. The fascination of Versailles is its apparent ability to change the rules of life — to impose a mental construct on nature that pushes our awareness of “absence, darkness, death — all that is not” firmly aside and insists we can inhabit a world of perfection. Fensterstock’s parterre shares enough of the means and methods of such places to lull us into that same illusion, and yet the bejeweled and rotten banana in the vitrine whispers the truth.
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