“Summer at the Morris Gallery”

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum

The five artists selected for the Academy’s neutrally titled “Summer at the Morris Gallery” exhibition have little more in common than the fact that they all, in one way or another, are exploring aspects of relief sculpture. Two, SID SACHS and BRUCE POLLOCK, ambled off the wall and down onto the floor with freestanding sculpture. WILLIAM WALTON and JOHN FERRIS appeared quite content to remain firmly on the wall. And MAURIE KERRIGAN clambered all over the place with an adventuresome sensibility that encompassed both three-dimensional and relief sculpture.

Sid Sachs relies on a simple visual vocabulary—circle, heart, fish—which he combines and alters in a number of ways. Most of his wall pieces are coils of industrial felt which have been overlaid with acrylic, or encaustic and lacquer. In some pieces, the underlying shape of the felt coil is allowed to peep through in a rough spiral; in

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