new-york

Mel Kendrick

A.M. Sachs Gallery

Seemingly uncomplicated, Mel Kendrick’s wire mesh and wood constructions are relatively uncluttered geometrical shapes. Each wall-mounted sculpture has a clear outline. The interest comes in when Kendrick folds the single piece of wire mesh, so that shadows and lines form on the wall behind the piece. With the addition of several wood or metal bars behind the mesh, space becomes three-dimensional. The added parts cause highlights and shadows that become more and more complex as you begin to distinguish ever subtler shapes of light and dark within each piece. Painted a bright blue overall, each modification on his basic theme provides a contrasting exploration into geometrical subtleties. Though each piece depends on actual three-dimensional planes to give the desired effect, the pieces are approached from a head-on, frontal confrontation that is more painterly than sculptural. Each relies

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