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Artist Karin Weiner's Work Is, Frankly, a Little Stilted

Karin Weiner’s Somewhere Above the Abyss
the Clouds Are Gathering
(2008).Courtesy of ZieherSmith

Something about Karin Weiner’s collage suggests her characters are skeptical of the plethora of rubber galoshes in stores now: No matter how prettily designed — with ascot-clad ducks or dancing bears! — they rarely do the trick. Instead, Weiner’s oil-painted men navigate the rainy abyss on wooden stilts that, well, also seem to be caving under the cloudy pressure. More delicately humorous collages hang at Chelsea’s ZieherSmith gallery around a life-size boat designed out of found wood: another handmade shelter from the world’s natural resources. —Emma Pearse