New York

Grace Bakst Wapner

55 Mercer Gallery

A more theatrical involvement with the body in space is evident in Grace Bakst Wapner’s “barriers and passageways.” In the more dramatic work, four separate rows of elegantly colored satin cords loop from ceiling to floor in an even, rhythmical pattern. Each row consists of two layers of overlapping U-shapes in alternating wavelike formation. Because there is ample space for passage between the loops and the gallery wall, as well as between the rows themselves, one is not tempted to actually enter the piece. Yet as one walks around the work, various possible pathways through the forest of verticals suggest themselves. The configuration itself seems to change, although it is really one’s body’s relative position which moves in time and space, offering different perceptual perspectives. However, the experiential impact of the work is tamed by the refined beauty of the materials, a “civilizing

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