new-york

Bryan Hunt

Blum Helman Gallery

Most of us don’t resent the making of a buck if the atmosphere isn’t polluted or people are not killed, maimed, made hungry or destitute thereby So it isn’t that one objects to Bryan Hunt’s show of maquettes on that score. However, it is surely indicative of Hunt’s prematurity in inflating what are working sketches into salable objects that the limestone bases are so much larger and weightier than the diminutive bronze models they support. (About the unfortunate associations provoked by the oversized nuts inserted between model and base, a considerate silence is best.)

Bryan Hunt seems to have had a recent moment of aspiring to be Ernest Trova, one of those mock explorations of virgin territory one sets out on when bored or between major commissions. These small bronze works are the result of idle tinkering, and they show what is for Hunt a new literalness—for instance, the recognizable

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