From our friends at Big Red & Shiny, today we present a review of Nicole Cherubini’s exhibition Golden Specific. Author Zach Horn notes, “The sculptures in Golden Specific are emphatically contemporary but with significant history, like the punky offspring of a storied dynasty.” This article was originally published on November 23, 2015.
Golden Specific, Nicole Cherubini’s exhibition at Samson Projects, is meditative. The gallery’s white box is punctuated with caramel, turquoise, and terre verte glazes, peach spray paint, and a red plastic bucket. Cherubini’s sculptures color the room. The show includes six amphora-like constructions on pedestals. These urns feel important, like reliquaries for the phalanges of some saint. In Way of the White Clouds (White Structure with Blue), a luminous aquamarine pot floats on an earthenware pedestal, while another matte white jug lurks around its base. Way of the White Clouds has narrative but no closure. The relationship between the two vases is hierarchical, but the implications of that distinction are satisfyingly unclear. Golden Specific offers the chance to muse over Cherubini’s enigmatic forms; it should be viewed slowly.