5.12.2010

Line and Space


Suzanne Ulrich, small collage of glued papers at OK Harris Works of Art


Two current shows inspired this post, both of which deal with linear abstraction.

Suzanne Ulrich at
OK Harris glues tiny linear elements into collages often no larger than a postcard. Her focus is rectilinear, not unlike Mondrian's. These intimate works are haikus to monumentality on a tiny scale. Go look.

Joel Shapiro at Pace on 25th Street in Chelsea creates large, dimensional drawings with colored wood planks suspended in space by taut lines attached to the ceiling, walls and floor. Their strong angles suggest the grid, exploded. Shapiro calls them “the projection of thought into space.” You can walk into and around these thoughts. And possibly because Pace Wildenstein has reverted to Pace, that ridiculous ban against photograph has been lifted.

Both shows are up through this weekend, May 15..


Suzanne Ulrich, small collage of glued papers at OK Harris Works of Art
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Joel Shapiro at Pace: Was Blue, 2010; wood, casein paint and fishing line, room-size installation
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Detail below

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2 comments:

Tamar said...

Suzanne Ulrich's collages are beautiful gems! Have been enjoying them for many years.

Karen Schifano said...

I ove Ulrich's work too! She's got an amazing touch, color, just the right amount of incident, and terrifically composed and focused work. Go see the show!