New York

Mel Kendrick

John Weber Gallery

Mel Kendrick’s new sculptures introduce a number of elements alien to contemporary sensibilities: on one hand, the pedestal; on another, direct hand-carving; and in a third instance, surface. drawing and marking, with all their connotations of pictorialism. These elements, however, are not employed for their nostalgic intimations, but as artistic means among other means, as devices that have been devalued, at this point in late-20th-century culture, to the level of the functional services they perform. Instead, these works tread significant and relatively unexplored terrain in the role they accord to the spectator.

The sculptures are mostly small wooden works made of pranks that have been sketched and sawed into irregular patterns. Glue and wooden dowels secure separate lengths, making angular, multifaceted structures which appear to twist and turn in different directions, and which require

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