New York

Mark di Suvero

Oil & Steel Gallery

So many things dangle in these sculptures, lures for the touch needed to set the pieces in motion, that they leave an impression of baited hooks. Cum Glass, a magnifying glass suspended from a wire in an eye-shaped opening which ultimately fans into a fish tail, only confirms an iconography of enticement. As these elements suggest, what Mark di Suvero angles for, what he wants to hook, is our retina as well as our hand, thus lending a punning depth to his repeated use of hook-and-eye hardware. In the spinning pendulum of the glass is the mesmerist’s gluttony for viewers’ souls as well as for their Pavlovian obedience, the desire to have it all—doubting Thomas’ seeing-and-touching conversion experience, the micro/macro nesting of magnifying and fish-eye lenses, fragile metaphysics, and muscle-rippling bulk.

Di Suvero’s ambitions have been viewed critically as an egalitarian blurring of

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