Dynamic duo

By GREG COOK  |  March 10, 2010


In Catenaries with Red (2009), a red steel armature dangles a spider web of nylon U-strips in front of a background board painted with curious brown-gray abstract shapes. His 2009 sculpture Pieno (Italian for "full") features adding machine tape piled up, snaking back and forth, inside a U of paper. The strips at the bottom and sides appear to be squished down by the weight of the rest. Raised Field (2009) spreads across the gallery floor like a field of little brown circus tents (brown fiberglass stretched tight over small wood posts), though they also bring to mind 3D computer graphing.

Often his catenaries are transformed, as in Burattino di Catenari con Rosso (2010), in which he seems to have sketched catenaries onto paper, then cut them out and strung then up like marionates from red steel armature. His rendering of this natural phenomenon is hung up so the natural phenomenon modifies it again. It's about how catenaries appear in nature and then how they are reproduced as perfect forms in mathematics. It's about the tension between the synthetic and the natural wonder.

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