Two bird nests cradling speckled eggs sit in a glass vitrine in Allan Wexler’s living room. Propped beneath them on the floor is his drawing Positions of Plywood (2007), six softly rendered planes afloat on ochre paper. The drawing points to the nest above. “I want to be architecture,” he says. Wexler, whose works defy easy categorization, makes architecture-inspired sculptures and installations that explore the meaning of this statement. He’s less concerned with creating space, more concerned with the human spirit that dwells within it—something he locates in objects as ordinary as a screw head embedded in Sheetrock.
Scenic Overlook (detail), 2009. Granite, 60 x 8 ft.