Sculpture and Photography Lead Sponder Gallery’s Art Southampton Booth

Works by and represent two of the gallery’s most abstract offerings. Novatt’s bronze sculpture, Chaos San Sebastian (2008), is a complex weave of forms: interconnected bars create haphazardly stacked boxes. The piece resembles a skeletal exploration of Modernist sculpture—such as those of —in which the outline of its form is all that remains. Manus’s sculpture, Jennifer (2008), more closely recalls the work of , with geometric forms bent into configurations that evoke the human body. On top of two black-painted aluminum cubes—tilted on their respective edges—rests a metal plate, torqued into an angular curl.
Many viewers might recognize at least a few books on the shelves in ’s photocollage Arte V5, which combines snapshots of several different bookshelves into a towering landscape made of exhibition catalogues and other art tomes. “I think people enjoy these images because they’re relatable,” Grossman has said. “They’re welcoming, and the relationship each viewer experiences is almost immediately personal.” A similar work, ’s Soap for a Lifetime (1993) collects hundreds of bars of soap in various colors and shapes. The piece lies somewhere between painting and sculpture, recalling colored grids by or ’s pill paintings.
Two complete the presentation, including a work by , called 0.5 Jelly Baby (2012). Cast in translucent, colored resin, the piece depicts three jolly, plump, cartoonish characters, standing side-by-side and smiling. Light passes through them and they are reflected on one another’s surface, creating complex interactions of color and illumination. Finally, ’s Seated Figure II (1988) is reminiscent of ’s early work. A woman seated at a table leans over the surface. Although the table, chair, and her body from the hips down are depicted naturally, her upper half is broken into planes and abstracted geometric forms, suggestive of movement.

—Stephen Dillon

Visit Sponder Gallery at Art Southampton 2015, Jul. 9–12, 2015.

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