new-york

Charles Ross

Candace Dwan Gallery

There is a wide group of young artists interested in the physical properties of plastic––attracted especially by sleek surfaces fashioned into geometrical forms and buffed to a high polish. In the case of small objects of this kind (I think particularly of those by Peter Alexander), I have tended to be mistrustful, regarding them as I would objets de luxe, rather like the kind of things one finds displayed on lucite coffee tables, akin in their preciousness to French meteorological toys or Italian paperweights designed by Bruno Munari. On one level the sense of the luxury object is still apparent in Charles Ross’s work but they are, for all their elegant tastefulness (and, in this sense, their possessability), considerably altered by virtue of the enormous scale which Ross favors. Ross manufactures geometrically shaped containers of thick plexiglass, about an inch and a half in width, and

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