Cheeky installations bring deCordova to life

LINCOLN — Aaron Stephan’s show at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum sounds as if it might be dense and heady, a lofty critique of hallmark ideologies in the history of sculpture.

No worries. “PLATFORM 12: Aaron Stephan: Secondhand Utopias,” which comprises three site-specific sculptural installations, impudently deflates those high ideals. Even if you don’t know all the back stories, chances are you’ll have a good time.

The PLATFORM series offers artists the opportunity to respond to the deCordova’s space — its architectural aesthetic, its landscape, its place in the community. Stephan reprises some of the museum’s workaday details to create his sculptures — the Benjamin Moore color used on the walls, the iron railings and wood planks of the roof deck, and even the lean, clean boxy forms of the museum’s trash cans. These solidly anchor Stephan’s fanciful quotations of some of the epic sculptural designs of the 20th century in

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