Shana Nys Dambrot Reviews "Seismic | Formation: Selected Works by Joshua Abarbanel & China Adams"

Heather Stobo
Jul 1, 2016 7:28PM

Writing for Fabrik Media, Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot reviews the qualities, including "patience, obsessive execution, a fascination with expressions of the passage of time...", that connect Joshua Abarbanel's and China Adams' bodies of work.

Comparing the artists, Shana Nys Dambrot writes, "The curvilinear outlines and contour edges of the ‘shapes’ generated by her (Adams) repetitive but variable march of vertical marks seem fluid at their edges, like billowing silk; yet they remain heft as well as spatial occupation with distance, resembling sketches of Richard Serra sculptures planted upright in white grounds, before proximity again disrupts the illusion of smooth surface which devolve and resolve into the crisp individual lines of their beings.

“Abarbanel’s machine tooled, hand-assembled works for wall, ceiling suspension and tabletop are, by contrast, ineffably dimensional and tactile, telegraphing their profusion of quasi-organic detail at any pace. His constructions resemble the fractal perfection of lichen, moses, barnacles, flower beds and the knotty, gnarly bark of the wood from which they are culled…Both artists achieve powerful moments of paradox in their works; the illusion at work in Abarbanel’s pieces is the push and pull between the made and the grown, rather than between the flat and the spatial.”

You can read the full article in Fabrik Media here.


Heather Stobo