Mike Bakaty

Paley and Lowe Gallery

Some half a dozen new works by the sculptor Mike Bakaty were on view at the Paley and Lowe Gallery during late September and early October, six unique works and two works in multiple editions. All are made of clear fiberglass, in the following way: a piece of canvaslike cloth is drenched in a resin and shaped in the desired fashion, and then the resin acts chemically to change the entirety into a modeled piece of solid fiberglass. There may be an analogy with painting—when you put pigment on a canvas it changes into a picture—but the sense of fix and arrest here is more to the point. And because the resin is clear and drips before it quite hardens, the effect is suggestive of arrest by nature, as when ice and icicles form on telegraph wires or hanging wet wash.

Bakaty often takes the droopy, wet hang of the soaked material and changes its position, once it hardens, so that what once pulled

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