New York

Robert Grosvenor

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Like two malleable lumps flung against the ground, Robert Grosvenor’s new wood sculptures sag and push down to the gallery floor, corners rounded, surface smooth. The roundness is new—the solidity and bulky mass of the pieces contrast with the single broken logs previously shown. Here, rows of creosoted logs form a single emphatic shape, still Minimal in that each is a single compact unit, but with an emphasis on weight and restrained shaping. Overall the pieces are strongly reminiscent of Jackie Winsor’s concern with contained energy and compression.

Like Winsor’s work, these pieces hint at mysterious inner workings, and occasional exposed bolts suggest similar hidden means of construction. But unlike Winsor’s insistence on the laborious process building layer after layer of the material, Grosvenor’s concentration plays outside the piece, emphasizing mass and weight. Outside forces, rather

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