new-york

Patsy Norvell

A.I.R. Gallery

Patsy Norvell’s show at A. I. R. had two parts. The first included a number of enclosures ranging in diameter from 13 inches to ten feet. In the second, there was one parabolically shaped fence made of plexiglas rods and wire mesh. This work measures 20 feet at its deepest. Norvell’s art falls into three stages, roughly. From 1970 to 1973, she made wall pieces in which strips of paper, satin, vinyl and other materials were pleated and sewn together in rows. Next, from 1974 to 1975, she made wall pieces from hair. The best known of these consists of a series of curls scotch-taped in horizontal rows. Most of them, however, employed hair to form landscape images. Her latest works are floor pieces, for the most part. They are entitled variously “fences,” “walls,” “ellipses,” and “circles.” They not only vary in size, but are also made of a surprising variety of materials: branches, twigs,

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