New York

Natalie Bieser

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

The most striking aspect of Natalie Bieser’s wall pieces is the decidedly musical rhythms they set up. Bieser attaches thin strips of wood to the wall which act as sustained, emphatic notes against the falling and rising thread strung between them. Because of variations both in the length and the hanging position of the thread, different speeds suggest themselves. One feels compelled to articulate the implicit score through gesture, as if one can only really “know” the perceptual information through one’s own body movement. The fragility of Bieser’s medium, its lack of any substantial mass, predicates an intangibility which heightens one’s desire for a physical knowledge.

However, there is another element in Bieser’s work—the beads fixed on the thread which, at first glance, seem merely decorative, irrelevant details. These tiny beads, though, are essential to the structure. While one begins

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