Known for his playful and imaginative improvisations with objects, Ariel Schlesinger
has recently become enchanted by accidents and disasters—specifically, recalling the misadventures of Charlie Chaplin and a pint-sized accomplice in the 1921 silent film The Kid
. In his recent work, Schlesinger uses photography and broken glass to reference the iconic scene, where Chaplin’s window repairman character conspires with a young boy to break nearby windows with stones. Just as Chaplin’s accident is not quite the innocent mishap that the victim perceives, Schlesinger’s broken glass, too, invites a longer stare at the broken panes.