Jane Manus Brings Reductivist Painting into Three Dimensions
Her work takes many forms: furniture, outdoor installations, floor- and pedestal-mounted works, and even wall-mounted pieces that allude to the history of reductivist painting and shaped canvases. “A lot of pieces are site-specific,” says Manus, “and I think of every piece in three-dimensional terms, even wall pieces. I always think about furniture from every different angle as well.”
Works such as Double Jeopardy (2004), which is mounted on the wall, are reminiscent of the work of
In floor-based sculptures like her Untitled and Openings (both 2014), torqued geometric forms bend at angles that awaken an awareness of space in the viewer. Their dimensions are reminiscent of Manus’s furniture, a portion of her practice that continues a tradition of sculptors who have also created functional objects, such as those by
Manus typically favors bright colors, as in the aforementioned sculpture, or the bright yellow of PC (2012). But she is happy to disrupt this pattern with works such as the matte black Jennifer (2008), or the brushed metal exterior of Company (2014), in which the sculpture is reduced to the bare essentials of dimensional form. The rectangular planes and the bare surface are the artwork’s totality, to be considered in their spare beauty.