New York

Marilynn Gelfman-Pereira

O.K. Harris Works Of Art

While Wapner’s sculpture tends toward environment, Marilynn Gelfman-Pereira’s modular wire constructions are definitely object oriented. Remaining firmly within the Constructivist tradition, Gelfman-Pereira builds delicate miniatures through the ordered addition of complex geometric units outlined with sections of lacquered wire. The completed forms intimate crystalline growths or atomic structures. In these pieces there is no domination of mass over void, no differentiation between interior and exterior space. The wire lines merely articulate the configuration in three dimensions; they do not establish solidity. While the opaque colors coating the wire do define the pieces’ physical presence, there is no sense of tangible weight—the works hover rather than rest inside their plexiglass enclosures. That these containers are necessary for protection underscores the pieces’ fragility. They

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