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Chris Wilmarth

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Chris Wilmarth’s show at the Paula Cooper Gallery included some very thoughtful sculptures among its six freestanding works, nine wall pieces, and two items that rest on the floor and “hang” from the wall. A number of works consist of plate glass and steel and employ an active sense of the intrinsic visual and plastic properties of the materials. The tensile strength of these substances is at least as important as the way they absorb or admit light, although optical properties are sustained, preventing the works from becoming superfluous or redundant evidences. Otherwise they might be works-proper of some Platonic, immaterial sort. Otto Brendel once described sculpture as art that you could stumble against in a dark room. Wilmarth’s works are indeed sculptures, but it is to his credit that he can pack into the solid material limits of his pieces ideas which are often allowed to remain

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