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Rosemarie Castoro

Tibor de Nagy Gallery

The desire to command three-dimensional space is not enough to do it, nor is mere energy sufficient to create dynamic drawings, nor does making drawings eight feet high on curved screens automatically turn them into sculpture. There are too many assumptions in the works of Rosemarie Castoro that only rarely become operational. Her freestanding “walls” claim space but actually occupy it, according to their premises, in only one case.

The pieces in her show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery are constructed either of hinged masonite panels supported by a grid of two by twos, or of hollow-core doors. Because the works are freestanding, it is possible to walk around them. The masonite pieces are sculpturally neutral in the rear. The backs of the doors, painted gray, do have potential as three-dimensional presences, but it is unexploited. It is even difficult to walk behind the pieces because they

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