Beds and flowers and metaphysics (The Providence Phoenix, 10/02/13)

LEAH POLLER | #BED
Death Bed: Homage to Frida Kahlo, bronze, 10.5″ x 7.5″ x 15.5″

Some years back, New York artist Leah Poller was injured when a bronze sculpture she was working on fell on her. It left her temporarily bedridden, and got her thinking about what beds mean in our lives. So she began a series of 101 (mostly) small, bronze bed sculptures. Seventeen of them are on view in her show “ # BED” at Yellow Peril Gallery.

Disembodied arms reach out from under the covers to operate a camera in one four-poster. An homage to Frida Kahlo has a skeleton reclining atop a canopy and a palette and roses on the mattress below. An homage to Salvador Dali is draped with a melting clock. Bedtime Story is a Mother Goose book as a mattress with a moon and Humpty Dumpty perched on the ends. They’re amusing but predictable, relying too much on clichéd puns on familiar symbols or famous artists’ work.

Read the review by Greg Cook in full in The Providence Phoenix »