Alina Tenser Toys with Our Desire to Connect

Catherine Damman, Cultured, January 8, 2019

Floating and disembodied, two hands grope at an object at once familiar and unplaceable. The plush torus at the center of the video's frame seems too small to be a cushion for sitting, and perhaps too strange to be household decor. Grasping the object from two sides, the hands knead the fabric covering, pushing alternating segments of citrine and dull fuchsia inward, toward the central orifice around which everything puckers. The colors shift and pulsate; the viewer is drawn in. Much of the artist Alina Tenser's work is like this: an object is manipulated, the eye is deceived.


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