A recurring cast of characters gathers in Erika Verzutti’s exhibition Swan with Stage. These painted bronze and plaster sculptures, vaguely resembling creatures and ordinary objects, comprise a family unit, a group of friends, entries in a field guide, protagonists in a play. The star, the namesake of the show, is Swan with Stage, (2015), a 12-foot-high abstracted white form that towers over the room while also constituting a stage with a steel platform. This work is an enlarged relative of other swan forms Verzutti has produced that, like most of her sculptures, are intimately scaled and can be easily handled. Not quite monumental, at times, the large swan shares the spotlight. In a series of theatrical exchanges, the swan frequently partners with an actor, a young man that at times dons a mechanic’s jumpsuit embroidered with “Erika” for the name tag. Their dance is documented in thirty-eight black-and-white photographs lining the perimeter of the room. In the images, imbued with sentimentality and humor, we understand that the performers’ interactions have prompted laughter and tears, drinks and arguments. They joke, but it’s serious…

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