new-york

H. C. Westermann

Allan Frumkin Gallery

Always outside of the seasonal flux of trends and “isms,” H. C. Westermann maintains his unique position as the magical creator of subtly satirical effects in varied forms. His constructions, block prints, and watercolors on view at the Frumkin Gallery were a thorough delight. Like the best science fiction films, or the comic books you doted on as a kid, they combine a marvelous, obsessive craftsmanship and a personalized technology with a novel sense of the fantastic—all finally, and finely, wrought in to a special blend of deadpan reality and irrational dreamstuff that emerges as more than either one. Although the watercolors were hung merely as a complement to the three-dimensional work which was the main body of the show, they provided valuable clues to Westermann’s specific and self-referential iconography. The charming, cursive style of the pen and ink drawing displays the lighter

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