New York

Gary Kuehn

Fischbach Gallery

Gary Kuehn’s sculpture at the Fischbach Gallery is as elusive and gestural as drawing. His means are so unassuming that the work is almost mute. Four small pieces in the show each invoke a linear, curving motion. They are no more than two or three feet at their tallest, and three or four feet at the widest. They are made of rusted C-clamps, pieces of iron pipe, an iron wheel rim, an open-ended box welded together of rusty iron, and aluminum bands or flashing. The aluminum is strapped around the iron forms and held by the clamps. The strips are raised slightly so they cast shadow reflections of their curved silhouettes.

The antic square and circular canvases on the walls also involve loosely curved shapes. Kuehn casually drew squares and circles freehand on unstretched canvas, then shaped the canvas to fit. Regular geometric outlines of circles and squares were painted on the irregular shapes. The square ones have an attractive instability as if they were being warped by motion through space. Unfortunately both shapes, and especially the circles, seem hurriedly conceived, without full development visually.

Kasha Linville