Richard Serra at Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street

This is the third major showing I have seen of Richard Serra’s sculptural work. I was lucky enough to see “The Matter of Time” at the Guggenheim in Bilbao and “Monumenta 2008” at the Grand Palais in Paris many years ago. Each time I experience Serra’s massive steel totems and flowing waves of steel I am moved by the works monumental structure and the way the planes of their shapes and the sheer power of their forms effect the viewer.  There is something gravitational about the scale and the heft of these objects. They have the weight of presence. Yet if they were purely an exercise in scale they might simply feel like empty monoliths, but these colossi have a weathered textural presence that speaks to history and the weight of influence that time takes with objects. These objects have soul. One at once feels the gravity of of one’s place in time and the inevitable passage of all things in their weathered surfaces.

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Every Which Way, 2015, Weatherproof Steel, Sixteen slabs, Total 11′ x 53′ 6″ x 21′

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Silence (for John Cage), 2015, Forged steel, One slab 16″ x 29′ 6″ x 9′ 2″

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Through, 2015, Forged steel, Three slabs each 9′ 2″ x 29′ 6″ x 16″

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Hilary Harnischfeger, last Fall at Rachel Uffner Gallery

Hilary Harnischfeger’s show at Rachel Uffner Gallery last fall was terrific. This was my first introduction to Hilary’s work and I have been thinking about these pieces ever since. This post somehow slipped through my fingers till now, but the work stayed with me.

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Bovina, 2015, ceramic, hydrostone, pigment, crushed glass, druzy quartz, steel, 22″ x 19″ x 16″

I’ve captioned the works below as best I could, but for more information about Hilary Harnischfeger, her work and Rachel Uffner Gallery please consult:

http://www.racheluffnergallery.com/artists/hilary-harnischfeger

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Bovina, Detail

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#27, 2015, ceramic, hydrostone, pigment, paper, crushed glass, druzy quartz, steel, 22″ x 19″ x 16″

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#27 Detail

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Chandigarh, 2015, ceramic, paper, hydrostone, pigment, oil stick, herkimer diamond, wood, 23″ x 18″ x 10″

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Harlequin, 2015, ceramic, paper, hydrostone, pigment, paper, apophyllite, wood, 16″ x 17″ x 4″

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András Böröcz: Profound Objects at Pavel Zoubok Gallery

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Here is a quick overview of András Böröcz’s terrific show at Pavel Zoubok Gallery during it’s recent run in New York. This eccentric and beautifully crafted show was the highlight of  a day of gallery visits in the city.

For more information about András Böröcz and Pavel Zoubok Gallery please check out the Pavel Zoubok Gallery website:

http://pavelzoubok.com/artist/andras-borocz/

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Quang Tri 1968 -1969 – 420 Days in a War by Wm. Marquez at Coachella Valley Art Center

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Quang Tri 1968 -1969 – 420 Days in a War by Wm. Marquez at Coachella Valley Art Center is the artist’s response to the 420 days he served  in a US military base in the north central region of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The work, a meditation on the effect of war, poetically illustrates through the passage of time how war can change you. The piece illuminates the change inherent in experience beginning with a small mound of gravel, then marking each day served with small mounds of charcoal and ending with a mound that is a mixture of both.

For more information about the Coachella Valley Art Center please check out their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/coachellavalleyartcenter/

 

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Length x Width x Depth at Conrad Wilde Gallery

For the last eleven years Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona has hosted an annual exhibition devoted to works created from encaustic. This years Encaustic Invitational, Length x Width x Depth was terrific. Miles Conrad always does a great job of finding artists with unique voices, telling unique visual stories and he chooses works that are often surprising and engagingly tactile. And this years Invitational was no exception.

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For more information about Conrad Wilde Gallery please consult their website at http://www.conradwildegallery.org

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Sue Stover, Musings, 6 Pieces, Titles Various, 2015

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Winston Lee Mascarenhas, Cardboard Study 8, Encaustic on Cardboard, 10″ x 10″ x 3″, 2014

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Kathleen Cosgrove, Spiral with Antlers, Encaustic, Mixed Media, 9″ x 4″ x 4″,  2015

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Katie Gutierrez, Heliopora 1, Encaustic Sculpture, 19″ x 7″ x 20″, 2016

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Katie Gutierrez, Heliopora 3

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Alison Golder, Best Cocao, Wood, Metal & Encaustic, 15″ x 9″ x 5″, 2014

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Sue Katz, Moth Construct, Encaustic, Mixed Media, 35.5″ x 26″ x 3″, 2016

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Alison Golder, Processed and Pasteurized, Wood, Metal & Encaustic, 13″ x 5″ x 3″, 2014

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Alicia Forestall Boehm, The Power of Place , Encaustic, Fiber, Wire & Twine, 14″ x 9″ x 2″, 2014

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From Left to Right: Alicia Forestall Boehm, Jane Allen Nodine & Deborah Kapoor

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Jane Allen Nodine (Detail), Collected Oscula, Ablated Offerings & Selected Offerings,  Encaustic on Paper & Encaustic and Fiber, Works: 50″ x 4″ x 1″, 54″ x 4″ x 3″  , 48″ x 2″ x 2″, 2015

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Deborah Kapoor, Grief Diary, Paper, Cording, Encaustic & Fabric, 12″ x 12″ x 1″, 2015

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Beata Wehr, Letters From The Desert, Encaustic, Paper & Found Objects, 13″ x 17″, 2014

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Dietlind Vander Schaaf & Jennie Frederick

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Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Between, Encaustic, Oil and Graphite on Panel, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2016

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Jennie Frederick, Beached, Kozo Fiber, Encaustic & Zip Ties, 48″ x 11″ x 8″, 2014

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Deborah Winiarski and Milisa Galazzi

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Milisa Galazzi, String Theory – WD Four, Paper, Thread & Encaustic, 48″ x 24″ x 9″, 2015

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Deborah Winiarski, Lines Written III, Encaustic and Fiber on Panel, 37″ x 32″ 4″, 2015

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Kay Hartung, Orbs 1 – 6, Encaustic Mixed Media, Dimensions Variable, 2013 – 2015

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Kay Hartung, Orbs (Detail)

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Helen Dannelly, Untitled, Encaustic on Paper, 6″ x 6″ x 8″, 2013

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Laura Moriarty, Cleaved, Pigmented Beeswax, 24″ x 8″ x 4″, 2014

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Howard Hersh, Pulse, Encaustic on Panel, 21″ x 13″ x 3″, 2012

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