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Nigel Hall

Nicholas Wilder Gallery

The sculptures of Nigel Hall at Nicholas Wilder Gallery are quietly assertive works whose contribution is unique in arousing strong kinesthetic sensations and unusual manipulation of very slight volumes. His recent works, of the dozen and a half produced during his year’s visit to Los Angeles, are made of industrially prefabricated aluminum units altered with and accompanied by shapes of fiberglass. Though in his working drawings the barest linear marks appear, the sculptures are not linear in the sense of “drawing in space,” for the parts are not simply connecting points or descriptions of pleasant relationships. They might be seen as graphic; by their nature they offer an occasion for the experiencing of rather extreme spatial conditions and demonstrate a wish not to burden space with mass.

Contrast of parts is his obvious method: contrast of linear to more solid, of divergent directions,

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