Located in the Urban Garden
Sharon Levy explores psychologically charged spaces and objects that trigger feelings of childlike awe, awkwardness, anxiety, isolation and pathos. In her sculpture she uses materials and techniques from crafts, theater props, toys and furniture to make objects that incorporate the evocative, narrative and flat qualities of drawing and painting into the physical presence of sculpture. She is interested in the tension that exists between her works’ formal properties and the emotional responses it provokes.
With the “Strays” series Levy has made a group of stray dogs to inhabit the patio of the James. This is the second incarnation of this project; the first group of “Strays” was made for an exhibition in Tijuana, Mexico, as a response to the ubiquity of stray dogs in that city. For the group at the James, Levy used wood she salvaged from behind a hardwood store. The wood scraps she reclaimed were discarded for their awkward shapes or flaws, which in turn informed the gesture and character of the dogs they became. In New York, a city where luxury and decrepitude are never far apart, the “Strays” bring a bit of scruffiness to this manicured setting.