Michael Portnoy:
    Casino Ilinx

    Michael Portnoy: Casino Ilinx

    May 4–Jul 28, 2008

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    Casino Ilinx is a solo exhibition by Michael Portnoy. "Director of behavior" and performance artist since 1995, Portnoy's long-standing investigation of the poetics of humor and the rules of communication and play, takes form in Casino Ilinx as a series of gambling tables and related sculptures.

    Drawing on gambling's roots in ritual and divination, Portnoy's tables are constructed of high and low materials including wood, mirror, sand, felt, bone, brass, vinyl, and shell. Influenced by gaming devices from various cultures and times, Portnoy's objects take on a life of their own. When activated by games, the stylized sculptural pieces trigger experimental and experiential situations for the study of human behavior. "Rules" are imparted through riddles and gestures interpreted by players of each game. The rules and language associated with each piece shift constantly, challenging the viewer's interaction with individual objects leading to dysfunctional, intimate, and absurd situations.


    SculptureCenter's exhibitions and public programs are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts and The Lily Auchincloss Foundation.