Christopher Kurtz, ‘Untitled (Alonge)’, 2015, Chamber
Christopher Kurtz, ‘Untitled (Alonge)’, 2015, Chamber
Christopher Kurtz, ‘Untitled (Alonge)’, 2015, Chamber
Christopher Kurtz, ‘Untitled (Alonge)’, 2015, Chamber

The bronze piece “Allonge” is about human scale and ambition. Its title comes from classical ballet, referring to the technical position in which the dancer extends the arm so that the limb appears to be longer—and more attenuated—than it really is. “I love the aspirational metaphor of reaching beyond what is physically possible,” says Kurtz.

The piece is both figurative and abstract and so delicate that its thin limbs vibrate when registering any movement around it. “I chose bronze for this piece because of its material history,” says the artist. The metal “underscores the isolation of the dancer’s effort—taking a physical movement held out in space, however futile, and fossilizing it in time.”