Art In America

Ben Gocker

at PPOW,
535 W. 23rd St.

"Scaredy Cat City," Ben Gocker's second solo at PPOW, offers a playful urban psychodrama. 11 black panels cut roughly into the shape of boxy, pitched-roof houses are covered with straws, gold foil, peanuts, carpet and a miscellany of scavenged items. Two small rectangles protruding from the bottom of each relief resemble feet, and it's tempting to search for faces within Gocker's loosely geometric designs. The feel is of a visionary city built from Tinkertoys or a detailed microcosm presented in a Lite-Brite palette.


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