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John Okulick

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

John Okulick is part of what appears to be a definite direction within sculpture toward producing objects which are scarcely deeper than an haut relief. Okulick’s boxes occupy a shallow, barely three-dimensional space and are a mannerist actualization of a two-dimensional illusion—a perspective drawing of a three-dimensional box receding in space on the vertical wall. He aligns small bevelled edged wooden planks along perspective lines to enhance the illusion. A photograph reverses the process, causing them to revert to the two-dimensional space from which they were derived.

Originally Okulick’s boxes were closed, more rectangular containers bearing traditional packing materials such as excelsior and straw or small kindling sticks, substances normally found arranged in bundles. In recent work the outer perimeter of the box has become attenuated. Instead of appearing to be part of the viewer’s

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