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Eric Orr

Neil G. Ovsey Gallery

Eric Orr’s work belongs to the tradition of art that seeks to penetrate the zone of immateriality. His early works—buried lights, walled-in sounds, shadows, silences—attempted to designate a mysterious edge between dissolution and solidity, immaterial and material, where contradictions push and pull into a primal balance; his “light-and-space” installations of the seventies extended this preoccupation, attempting to dissolve awareness of spatial and temporal boundaries. Similar themes informed a series of wall objects that used shamanic and alchemical materials (lead and gold; human blood, bone, and bone ash; various stones, including meteorite; dust from Cheops’ Great Pyramid; a limited range of added colors).

Orr’s new works recall these themes while also extending them. Twenty-two works were exhibited in a varied and ambitious show, which included three wall installations, one environment,

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