Monday, November 23, 2009
Washington Square Park has been off-limits, like, forever. God knows what's in store, or when it will be finished. But I did find these piled up castoffs to be unintentionally interesting arrangements. A minimalist sculpture-like series of weathered triangular slabs, and a bunch of concrete that had an asian feel to it.
Monday, November 16, 2009
My new class at Greenwich House Pottery has allowed me to meet many terrific clayminded earthlings. Dave Gibson is the teacher of our Tuesday night gang, and here you can see some of the results of a recent throwing demo which honed in on altered, multi-part constructions. Way fun.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Until December 23, there is a show of new sculptures by Richard Serra at Gagosian Gallery ( 522 W. 21st St. ).
Each of the two pieces shown is made from 6 huge steel plates. Of course they tilt and grab the space around them in palpably seductive angles. For cold steel, it sure is hard to keep your hands off these. Although the material and scale are like previous work ( the climactic pieces from the 2007 MoMa survey ), the much more labyrinthine arrangement of elements here is new. I overheard more than one viewer say they felt scared while negotiating through the spaces. I didn't feel scared, but the physically disorienting, out-of-whack-vibe that results from coming into proximity with any of his large-scale, tilted works is in even greater evidence here. You feel your center of gravity pulling you in subtly odd ways.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I never met Ruth Duckworth, but I wish I had. She died at 90 on Oct 18th, in Chicago. Her work was playful, elegant, sophisticated yet earthy. Sometimes it seemed to epitomize modernist form, sometimes it seemed more personal. After leaving nazi Germany to study in London, she made her way to the states, where she taught at the University of Chicago. Her studio was a converted pickle factory.