Snowmen have become a bit of a thing on the Lower East Side, but it usually takes a snowstorm for them to appear. Not in this case. Portland-based artist Bruce Conkle has been creating frosty fellows inside of refrigerators since 2002, and last week he brought a so-called “Captive Snowman” to frosch&portmann on Stanton Street. (And you thought the Art Basel crowd was having all the fun.)
“We saved the last snowman from melting and now it is domesticated like an animal in a zoo waiting for extinction,” carps the press release. The snowman, complete with a faux carrot nose carved from wood, is supposed to be a comment on man’s “triumph over nature.” But because galleries have unforgiving seasonal cycles of their own (and also, that electricity bill is going to be a bitch), it’ll only be up till January 11.
“The Wooden Carrot” will be on view Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6pm, at 53 Stanton Street, near Eldridge. Please, don’t feed the snowman.