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Johan Creten’s “God is a Stranger,” opened at New York’s Galerie Perrotin on September 9. The exhibition, a complex compilation of thought-provoking pieces, includes “Odore di Femmina,” a series of torso sculptures made out of delicate ceramic flowers, “New York Glory,” a series of striking aluminum sculptures, and a selection of bronze patinated sculptures that reflect the theme of identity.
Creten, a Flemish sculptor, finds identity to play a large role in his work and is able to create pieces that challenge what’s expected. He’s interested in the unconventional, and his work reflects that. The shows namesake, one of the bronze sculptures, captures your attention upon entering the gallery. The piece, standing at four feet, depicts a monkey on a pedestal shielded by a screen, capturing the mystery that can lurk behind one’s outward identity.
Creten’s work is on view at Galerie Perrotin in New York through October 31.