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Ernest Trova

The Pace Gallery | 508 W 25th Street

The protagonists in Ernest Trova’s “Falling Man Series” were highly polished metal mannequins moving resignedly through a programmed journey into oblivion. In the new “Poet/Table Figure Series,” the protagonists have assumed a radically different form though they act out a similar theme. Like the image of the “falling man,” the small pocky sheet metal silhouettes in this new series (which have been welded singly or paired inside various architectural stage settings), are likewise caught in an artificial, delimiting system. The major difference between the two series lies in the gestural, spatial and hence philosophical attitude to the unchangeable members of Trova’s system; while the “falling” automata blindly cooperated with the apparatus of control, the “poets” in the recent work have assumed an attitude of almost intellectual repose while engaging in a dynamic symbiosis with their

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