PRINT May 1978

Thomas Bang’s Recent Work

THOMAS BANG RECENTLY EXHIBITED several floor and wall pieces which are characteristic of the two different forms his ideas have taken over the past years. The new pieces follow in a progression of work from the late ’60s and early ’70s which is obviously derived from concerns of and work by such artists as Donald Judd, Robert Morris and Carl Andre. Like the sculpture of these artists, the pieces are abstract in that they have no metaphorical allusions but refer only to themselves. And the limitations and strengths of the materials are manipulated so as to indicate their characteristics. A distinguishing characteristic of Bang’s work is the use of two materials whose properties are at variance with each other. Two substances work in opposition to each other to form the image; the image is, therefore, depersonalized by the “automation” involved in the process of making it.1

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