New York

Thomas Rose

Rosa Esman Gallery

Thomas Rose reveals himself as a constructor of provocative psychological spaces in this recent group of six pieces. Installed against the wall, each large relief (the smallest measures 72 1/2 by 47 3/4 by 5 inches) mixes references to various real and ideal realms of architecture, with lively results. The piece titled it was compounded by small movements or adjustments, 1980, is telling of the artist’s approach: bringing to mind a stage set, it is rich in dramatic, intensifying relationships, both formal and emotive, among the parts. There are three main structural divisions: two large, complementary but separated, trapezoidal canvases stand upright against the wall, their diagonal edges suggesting one-point perspective—the walls of a “room,” in this architectonic relief; two low-lying trapezoidal wood shapes, again through their suggestion of perspective, can be read as a floor; and, in

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