Kathleen Madden

  • picks September 21, 2010

    Rudolf Polanszky

    There is a light, buoyant quality to the Viennese artist Rudolf Polanszky’s sculptures. They both hold space and seemingly levitate. Since the 1980s, Polanszky has incorporated discarded industrial materials such as Plexiglas and aluminium into hybrid, consolidated forms through cutting, suturing, gluing, and taping. The works, which might be described as an amalgamation of Arte Povera approaches blended with Viennese Actionism, appear here as distressed combines elevated or suspended by elongated metal “plinths.” Their integration of fragmented material abjection would be nearly retrogressive

  • picks June 07, 2010

    Nick Hornby

    The young British artist Nick Hornby produces alchemical structures: lanky, white, marble-dusted sculptures. He blends familiar art-historical echoes from Rodin, Calder, Newman, Hepworth, and Moore. “Atom vs. Super Subject,” the title of his latest exhibition, reveals a battle wherein individual fragments seem to both succumb to monumentality and resist absorption into the whole.

    Plundering the canon, Hornby’s formal amalgamations reflect on modernism. He deploys the metaphor of food, as if following a recipe passed down through generations, but approaches it like modern fusion, altering