Armed with a chainsaw, the Swiss artist Claudia Comte is literally carving a reputation for herself with a one-month residency at Gladstone Gallery. Having never spent time in the city before, the Comte, who is based in Berlin, seized the opportunity to transform Gladstone’s airy 21st Street space first into her studio—and then into one of her optical installations. The resulting show, No Melon No Lemon, is populated with the abstract wooden sculptures for which she is best known, but it is Comte’s alternating burnt pine and painted citric paneling that engulfs visitors in her world. Before the opening, Comte put her power tools down long enough to take us on a tour.
“No Melon No Lemon” is on view until March 21st atGladstone Gallery, 530 West 21 Street, New York.