New York

Harmony Hammond

Lerner-Heller Gallery

For several years Harmony Hammond has been making bulky sculptures out of ladderlike wood and metal forms wrapped in cloth and covered in Rhoplex. She paints them and groups them against gallery walls with a striking awareness of physical presences. Their textures, sizes, shapes, and colors suggest human forms with the subtlety and wit of an artist who has developed a highly economical style. Lucy Lippard wrote a year ago that “buried” in these forms is a militant feminist consciousness (which Hammond herself has articulated in writing); Lippard’s choice of the word “buried” is appropriate. Hammond’s politics are not only concealed, but carefully planted in all aspects of these works.

It is tempting to assign a humorous, anthropomorphic significance to Hammond’s sculptures. Large, solid, and warmly colored ladders support smaller, brightly colored ones which seem animated enough to be

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