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OPENINGS: OLGA BALEMA

Olga Balema, Long Arm (detail), 2013, latex, aluminum, 11' 5 3/4“ × 4' 11” × 3' 3 3/8".

AN ARM STRETCHES across a concrete floor, a Lonely Arm, 2013. Salmon-colored, latex, it is not, in fact, an arm; it is a glove. Still, the allusion to an arm animates it, narrates its—what—well, technically material loneliness. In another white cube, another city, painted-metal and foam-and-latex biomorphic shapes—“Her Curves,” the exhibition’s title tells us, wittily—are leaned and loosed, approximating a brilliant, laconic apparatus, almost ergonomic. Matte and pastel or high gloss and jewel tone, the discrete sculptures shape and are shaped by the room. Like garments or stains or husks—material fragments at once body and chair and dress, all those things that might hold her—their minimalism is not predictably haunted by but hunting the human body (consider, for example, the narrative of a lonely glove scouring some surface for an arm to attend to).

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