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Keith Hollingworth

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Keith Hollingworth’s sculpture at Paula Cooper is more circumscribed in this respect than Graves’ is. It depends more on the power of a specific image than on the open-ended evocation of Graves’ work. It counts on incongruity for its impact: the unexpected introduction of real objects from nature (pine cones, feathers) set in cleanly constructed wooden boxes and frames. His pieces seem to exist in the imagination, much as Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel did, rather than in three-dimensional space. The artist emphasizes this quality of immateriality by painting his wood and metal frames white or some other non-obtrusive color, or by using visually insubstantial materials like chicken wire, sheeting, lightweight chains and open-spoked wheels. Even his allusions are weight-denying: flight, motion, suspension.

Although he uses natural objects, he doesn’t revel in them. They are always carefully

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