Alison Wilding

Galleria Salvatore + Caroline Ala

In the spacious, newly relocated Salvatore Ala gallery, the precise, and precisely arranged, sculptures by the young British artist Alison Wilding looked defenseless and ill at ease. It was necessary to pause and isolate each work, to feign the presence of enveloping shadows. The rounded, highly polished shapes retain something of Constantin Brancusi’s legacy of form, just as the juxtaposition of diverse materials recalls the Brancusian idea of the sculpturally functional pedestal. But in Wilding’s work there is no differentiation among elements: polished or painted stone, metal, and wood are precisely balanced so that no one element predominates. An alchemical duality is present in all the sculptures; the artist does not experiment with sulphur and mercury or fire and water but, rather, infers two phases of the alchemical process—coagulation and solution. Each piece reveals a fundamental

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