STAN SMOKLER

"Celestial Mapmaker"

Stan Smokler scavenges around town, finding urban relics and discarded stuff that he can transform into looming steel sculptures with a big, divine meaning. This exhibit takes its roots in cartography -- a way, Smokler thinks, to record our place in time and the world. These "maps" of metal have a whimsical air despite their lofty implications of, you know, our existence in the universe, and their funny shapes with contrasting textures and lines make them interesting to look at, too.

Kim Foster Gallery, 529 W. 20th St., (212) 229-0044. Jun. 7-July 3.

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