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Work of a smiling girl as an advent calendar by Trey Abdella

Trey Abdella
Live Laugh Love, 2023
Acrylic, foam, epoxy clay, aqua resin, hinges, and magnetic latches on wood
100 1/8 x 81 7/8 x 20 1/4 inches (254.3 x 208 x 51.4 cm)

© Trey Abdella; Photo by Shark Senesac; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Trey Abdella’s work attacks the idea of “surface.” In both of the show’s venues, portraits of women have been perforated by small doors, swung open one a day to reveal fragrant hunks of chocolate. An 8-by-6-foot canvas, encrusted with epoxy, foam, glitter and acrylic paint, gives a macro view of a slice of cherry pie — an animated sparkle, displayed on a whirling 3-D “hologram fan,” marks the fork piercing the crust. Thick dioramas show a monstrous sculpted trout breaching a lake’s plastic surface, or a rubber heart throbbing inside a treehouse seen through the slats of a rib cage. Piling gunk onto, cutting through, rejecting the limits of: No picture plane is safe...