there is an industrial aspect

The Washington Post | Mark Jenkins, May 1

In the galleries: Inspired by their homelands and beyond

Because he grew up on a farm, Dane Winkler does not see agriculture as pastoral. There is an industrial aspect to “Chassis,” his show at Hamiltonian Gallery, which consists principally of two large sculptures and two ­12-minute video loops. A University of Maryland MFA student from Upstate New York, Winkler puts real-world building skills in the service of what he calls “mystery.”

One sculpture, titled “A-L-I-C-E” after a favorite cow the young Winkler saw being butchered, consists of two large hanging bales of raw wool that rotate periodically on a motorized steel scaffold. The other, “Setting Sail: Gettin Outta Dodge,” is a wooden pontoon boat accompanied by audio of nature sounds. The craft looks a little ungainly, but it is river worthy, as one of the videos demonstrates. (The other documents the construction.) Though potentially practical, the boat is becalmed in the gallery. If the vessel’s location alone doesn’t make it appear outlandish, its built-in cup holder tips the balance toward absurdity.

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Dane Winkler: Chassis On view through May 9 at Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, Suite 101. 202-332-1116. www.hamiltoniangallery.com.