At a time when technology seems to be all about getting more people to see more images more quickly and clearly than ever before, Jennifer Pastor’s “Endless Arena” comes across as a wonderfully nutty throwback to a bygone era.
The spindly sculpture, in a small back gallery at Regen Projects, resembles nothing so much as the armature for some kind of homegrown experiment or the framework for an ad-hoc stage set.
It’s both and more. But you won’t know that if you don’t look closely. And slowly.
Pastor has no interest in quick reads, trendy gimmicks or convictions that take shape in the blink of an eye. To see what she’s up to you must engage in a painstaking exercise of compare and contrast, studying the slight but significant differences between and among the four sculptural reliefs her steel structure supports.
Each depicts a pair of wrestlers, their limbs entangled as they grapple for dominance. It’s impossible to determine chronological sequence, or to even know if more than one moment is depicted.