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Phoebe Adams

Lawrence Oliver Gallery

Phoebe Adams’ new sculptures, rooted in physiological phenomena, appear by turns anatomical and archaeological, excavated from the earth and summoned from the artist’s subconscious. They evoke a wide range of associations with such organic processes as fossilization and decomposition, and natural forms such as skeletons, ammonites, human organs and bones, crustacean appendages, pods, and cocoons. Undulant bronzes at once awkward and curiously graceful, they spiral, thrust, and uncoil themselves from the walls on which they are hung, sometimes anchored by smoother, more abstract shapes such as cones and spheres. Still unique casts, her new pieces have grown larger, although they remain relatively modest in size. Their scale, however, is deceptive. These works exert a more visceral pull than did her earlier, smaller, and more reticent pieces; their muscular forms and insistent physicality

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