The most striking image in Gillian Wearing’s exhibition at Regen Projects may be the very first one you see: a portrait of the artist wearing the mask of a smoother, younger-looking self. She’s holding an unwieldy, small sculpted man and has a surrealist painting of plants that look like they could eat you alive behind her. She has that kind of fierce vulnerability you’d associate with, say, Sylvia Plath, and the portrait sets the tone for a show that includes a video, projected large in a back room, in people speak as if from beyond the grave. At one point, we see an elderly couple walking slowly down a lush path. He speaks of how beautiful his wife once was. She wears a blue sweat suit, walks with the help of forearm crutches and talks about how her husband drove her into the ground.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Dec. 2. Continues through Jan. 24, 2014
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