New York

Robert Stackhouse

Sculpture Now

Robert Stackhouse’s large wooden structures are things I dimly remember having dreamt about a long time ago. Curiously, Stackhouse says that he has dreamt about them too. And several other people tell me they’ve dreamt about these same objects. All of which suggests that Stackhouse is in touch with something pretty basic.

There were two big wood constructions in Sailors, Stackhouse’s recent installation and his second one-person show in New York. Built on the floor was a gently curving, 72-foot-long structure called Ship’s Deck. It was slightly concave although flat enough to walk on—an activity Stackhouse encourages—and was suggestive of the deck of a ship or the inside of its hull. But there was really no more than a suggestion: this was less a ship’s deck represented than the idea of ship abstracted.

Suspended from the ceiling above Ship’s Deck was Ship’s Hull, a 37-foot skeletal wood

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