New York

Ronald Bladen

Fischbach Gallery

Ronald Bladen’s new piece is a vast, deeply curving wall which fills out the large exhibition space of the Fischbach Gallery. Constructed out of plywood and painted a matte white and black, there is nothing especially odd about it except the grandiosity of its scale and certain of its proportions. The outer wall, the black one, falls perpendicular to the floor while the interior wall slopes inward and upward so that the top collar is thinner than the bottom one. Well, there is no “bottom,” really, as the work has been constructed to rest on a barely visible inner scaffolding which lifts the structure slightly off the floor, thereby imparting a sense of lightness to the whole affair as well as inducing a certain propensity for vertiginousness in the piece. (Moreover, the black shadow exaggerates the whiteness of the inner curved wall.) This giddiness is especially sensible close in on the

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