new-york

Nancy Arlen

Stefanotti Gallery

This exhibition of new work showed Nancy Arlen to be one of the most visionary artists of the ’80s. The pieces are in cast polyester resin and are made according to the pouring process that Arlen has developed over the last few years; she transforms liquid polyester and various coloring materials (resins, glitters, Mylar, pigments) into a new category of dynamic, palpable, thoroughly contemporary art objects.

Compared to earlier series such as the “Auras” or the “Motifs,” the present group is bigger, bolder, and even more mysterious, though no less graceful or elegant. Three Roses, 1982, for example, contains the slim, strong, smoothly silhouetted curves that now interest Arlen: three curved elements, each multicolored, interconnect; the result is pro-vocatively confrontational, responsive to the surrounding environment yet in total control of the viewing process. Its constructive specificity

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