New York

Harmony Hammond

Lamagna Gallery

Harmony Hammond sets forth a didactic program in which she seeks to inform the viewer of woman’s role in the evolution of art. But the way her recent show divides in half illustrates the weakness of her method of arguing, while enhancing the strength of her art. In an attempt to simulate a section of a natural history museum on the archeology of primitive cultures, she placed an oak display case in the center of the room. On the top and in the drawers are deliberately constructed pottery shards embossed with textile and plaited basket textures. They are made of clay and coated with a thick, gummy paint in tones of red, black, gray and green. Within a drawer each piece is stacked or placed with consideration for its form, color and enhancement of the overall composition. Each drawer is simultaneously meant to be read as a single unit and as a pendant to another drawer. The notion of

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