Shio Kusaka at David Zwirner Gallery, New York City

Shio Kusaka at David Zwirner Gallery, New York City




The first striking thing about Los Angeles artist Shio Kusaka’s exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery is the unusual presentation: the pots are placed on the floor on a series of thin square copper plates of varying sizes that stretch down the middle of the warehouse-like space of more than 3,000 square feet, or about 303 square meters. They command the space, both because of their soldier-like order and, of course, because there is nothing else to look at in the vast space except for an attendant sitting in a corner. Order, in fact, may be a key word. Not only do the pots march through the space, they are in themselves orderly, masterful forms – some quite large – with linear decorations that are engaging, yet always controlled. There is nothing impulsive in the whole show, except perhaps for the sequencing. I’m not able to devise an explanation for the relationships between them, so I fall to thinking of it as intuitive rather than reasoned.