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Ed McGowin

Sculpture Now

Slightly east of the Schnabel site, our team discovers—can it be?—an excavation of an excavation?

Ed McGowin’s “Inscapes” are monumental artificts. “Inscape” I take to mean “interior landscape.” There are two huge inscapes on view, one called A Working Man, a second called Aging. Both are roughly 10 to 12 feet high, structures one must peek inside of to understand their meaning.

A Working Man is a three-tiered pyramid that’s slightly skew. That is to say it doesn’t seem to be an equilateral pyramid, but a right-triangled one.The exterior of this concrete pyramid is graced with a copper crest, with photographs of men by Lewis Hine and Cal Lom, and with some peculiar rock that California real estate agents used to call “Rocky Mountain stone.” The pyramid has a stairway you can ascend if you want to see what’s inside. It ain’t Tut, to be sure, but there’s lots of gilding. Arranged on a floor

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