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