New York

James Biederman

John Weber Gallery

This show featured some of the most energized abstract art seen here this season. James Biederman’s painted wood sculptures and mixed media drawings, all executed in 1982, present an exciting new pictorial dimension of his vision.

The sculptures are made of different-sized, angled wedges of wood screwed together in diagonally aligned, accordion like cascades. Installed at about eye level, these twisting, turning objects have a pictorial dynamism (a direct result of the fast-time specificity of their structures) which creates strong and immediate sensations of forms in jet-propelled flight. The vivid coloration of the planar elements—hot bright yellows and oranges highlighted by white are favored—also sharpens the linear and spatial impact. At the same time the vibrant, textural surfaces add a provocative extraperceptual dimension to these asymmetrical sculptures, encouraging an

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