There is an intriguing solo exhibition by the artist Joanna Malinowska at Canada (55 Chrystie St. between Hester/Canal). Time of Guerilla Metaphysics features a gigantic sculpture of a Boli, which, the press release explains, “is a spiritual talisman created by the Bamana people in what is now Mali in West Africa. The Boli is a small, amorphous sculpture with a vague bovine appearance, composed of sacrificial materials relevant to the natural and spiritual world, including cattle dung, kola nuts, earth, blood, honey, etc. The sculpture is the literal representation of the Bamana conception of the cosmos, and is kept in a special place and is overseen by a group of male priests, blacksmiths, and village elders who are essentially the keepers of cosmic order.”
Along with blowing the size out of proportion, Malinowska has used her own “ingredients” however – including: Wood, plaster, clay, scarps of Spinoza’s Ethics, sweater of Evo Morales, 1 liter of water from Bering Strait.
Through Jan. 24th. Gallery hours: Wed. – Sun. 12p-6p