Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Making deeper sense of some abstract art past its initial visual impact can require extended consideration. Not so much Chakaia Booker’s sculpture, now on view in her solo show “Public Opinion” at David Nolan Gallery. Composed predominantly of exactingly configured pieces of black rubber tires along with wood and metal, the work immediately grips you like a confident advocate, calm and insistent. In Minimum Wage, a shovel entwined in flowing ribbons of rubber appears to struggle to do what it is supposed to do.
During my first visit to Daniel Wiener’s studio, we talked about his Apoxie-Sculpt head series that fuse a 1960s psychedelic sensibility with collective angst, his idiosyncratic process, and an exploration of other unusual projects during the lockdown.
Carl DAlvias show at Hesse Flatow, “Sometimes Sculpture Deserves a Break,” is a playful, irony-laden take on the hyper-masculine minimalist sculpture canon.
Brooklyn artist Beth Dary thinks about the individual bubbles in which we all live. She was settled in a new house in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, and her home, which she had been thinking of turning into a residency program, experienced major flooding and mold damage. She and her family evacuated to New York […]
Contributed by Julia Couzens / Carol Saft�s plainspoken exhibition, “Fallen Men,“ in the project space at Lesley Heller, is a suite of small-scaled, wall-based bronze figures engaged in gestures of vulnerability and support. They call to mind the bronze sculpture of Bauhaus artist Gerhard Marcks and share his ethic of directness and material […]
Contributed by Sharon Arnold / In her solo show �No Regrets,� Brooklyn-based mixed-media installation artist Nancy Baker winningly advances her trademark style of accretion, integrating text, found objects, glitter, paint, and ink into large-scale installation and wall sculpture. When you walk into the light-filled space in Bushwick�s Odetta Gallery, your […]
Contributed by Loren Britton / Berlin-based artist�Judith Hopf,�known for idiosyncratic combinations,�is invested in post-painting practices coming out of Fluxus conversations between George Brecht and Allan Kaprow. In her sculpture show �Judith Hopf: Stepping Stairs� at the�KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, she�moves�from sculpture to exhibition furniture and back, the […]
Contributed by Loren Britton / Anna Uddenberg�s “Sante Par Aqua” (Health Through Water) comprises objects that propose spaces adjacent to furniture that bodies might occupy. Shapes are created, stacked like a life-size textural cubist painting. Rounded edges and neon floor illuminations elevate the sculptures into hybrid objects � car seat (for adult and child), […]