New York

Mia Westerlund

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

Mia Westerlund’s June show consisted of two large sculptures, each made up of massive concrete wedges. In one piece, four horizontal wedges composed an oblong diamond capped with sheets of roofing copper; the vertical slabs of the other piece bore heavy plates of brownish steel which had been set in flush with the surface. Despite these sculptures’ apparent simplicity, every part of them participates in playing out a series of rich antiphonies—between mass and detail, fixity and mobility, structure and embellishment, newness and decay, monumentality and transparency.

These antithetical qualities never correlate strictly with the works’ physical aspects. At one moment, the concrete may represent solidity and the metal ornamentation, but they change roles abruptly, as the viewer moves around the work. Seductive embellishment is present both in the concrete—which bears a pattern of trowel

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