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Harry Soviak

Pam Adler Gallery

As revealed in this special memorial exhibition, Harry Soviak’s approach to art was at once joyful and poignant. Educated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the late ’50s, Soviak displayed extraordinary sensitivity to materials throughout his career. This was apparent as early as the mid ’60s, in a group of collage constructions made of various combinations of string, paper,wood, feathers, and canvas. In Black Trapeze, 1964, Black Cloud, 1965, and Double Window Still Life, 1966, he explored certain Minimalist notions in the air during those years: the picture plane both as structure and as image—giving maximal expression to formalist ideas in objects already notable for their strong presence.

In the late ’60s and during the ’70s the presence of the image became a major issue for Soviak, and his conceptual concerns were given a fascinating visual twist, first in his many collages and later

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