new-york

Robert Rohm; Jake Berthot

O.K. Harris Gallery

Most of Robert Rohm’s rope pieces at O.K. Harris had to do with different registers of expectation: simple rope grids so predictable as to be almost conceptual were hung and cut so as to drape into various positions. The means of execution is really quite standardized, yet the compositions formed by the falling rope are only felt to be predictable in the vaguest way. It is as if a conceptual order has met with the real condition of gravity and entered a dimension of physical ambiguity. The sensuous nature of the cut grids is almost made conceptual as well, since the most sensuous aspect of their realization is the fall through space performed by the cut sections, something that the spectator never sees. This show included a completely new piece which consolidated the grammar of Rohm’s work in rope. The piece consisted of a huge bale of very heavy rope, hawser material, suspended along a

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