Hey, I’m no fan of bagels as a food source — given that they’re basically deliciously fluffy, ovoid harbingers of death — but I can enthusiastically support the recent bagel-based efforts of Swedish artist Hanna Liden, who has installed a stack of five supersized ones in Hudson River Park, made of polyurea-coated white-bead foam, and a companion piece in Ruth Wittenberg Plaza. (For Liden, the bagel itself is “a great icon of urban living.”) That commission, supported by Art Production Fund, now has a desk-sized companion, which weighs 5 pounds and retails for $500. (It’s made of cast resin with bronze powder). The domestically scaled version is significantly more drenched in black hues than the public installation, inaugurating what seems to be a brand new aesthetic category: the Goth Carb.
— Scott Indrisek (@indrisek)
(Photo: Art Production Fund)