Tampa Museum of Art
By Veron Ennis
The Tampa Museum of Art acquired Erik Levine’s voluminous plywood sculpture, Hand Held (1997), in 2010. Accompanying this signature Levine sculpture is the exhibition “Object Image/Erik Levine/Sculpture and Video.” While Hand Held identifies masculinity through geometric form and raw material, Levine’s video work is a complete submersion into exclusive sectors of the masculine world.
Discovering in the last decade the depth to which video can capacitate, Levine has produced riveting works that explore the roles that maleness plays in family, social and institutional relationships. The video Cocker sidesteps the sensational focus of what may be the expected portrayal of cockfighting and focuses on the relationships between the fighter and the father figure-the cock and the breeder. The visual focus on the rituals of the event is particularly captivating.
Levine’s video, Post time is a solemn view of the loneliness and overwhelming sense of failure found at the racetrack. The men in the video, even when filmed in a group, are removed and isolated from each other. There is no sense of love or community, no promising foreshadowing of escape. The geometric composition of each scene is aesthetically mesmerizing while the subject is heavy and despairing. Through September 23.
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