new-york

Jim Huntington

Max Hutchinson Gallery

Jim Huntington may be veering into the territory of difficult sculpture, to judge by his show at Max Hutchinson. The problem with most of the pieces in this show is that they depend too much and too obviously on attachment to the wall and floor. These pieces involve rectangular sheets of colored masonite that are kept warped into arcs by having their edges abutted to pieces of lumber tacked to the wall and/or floor of the gallery. At least one of the wall/floor pieces also uses notched timbers to help keep the masonite bent, and that looks like a toughening element at first. But used in conjunction with the wall and floor fixtures, the notched timbers (which look otherwise like the least rhetorical way of warping the masonite) introduce an ambiguity into the pieces which undercut them. The ambiguity is in whether the masonite panels are really under stress or whether they have been

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