Gladstone Gallery on 21st Street is one of our favorite Chelsea galleries as we’re always amazed by the enormity of their exhibitions. The current show by Cyprien Galliard is outstanding. Walking in through the nondescript white door, you are met by a series of enormous industrial sized excavator machine parts. The heads of the excavator’s are threaded with beautifully carved onyx in the place where the heads would have originally connected to the diggers.
The artist choose to take pieces that were once used for destruction and change their purpose to something now preserved and beautified. Galliard was born in Paris but lives and works in New York and Berlin.Today Diggers, Tomorrow Dickens. Cyprien Gaillard. Gladstone Gallery, xxx 21st Street, New York 10011. Closes January 30th, 2014