new-york

Clemens Weiss

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Clemens Weiss’ installation showed a peculiar sensibility at work—some kind of catalytic action seems to have occurred between the critical mind and the sensual being, between private vision and ecumenical cultural language, between contemporary issues and timeless inquiries. These dialectical concerns overlapped noisily. Weiss appears to seek some union of cerebral and visceral traditions in art precisely because of the unease it generates. His iconography is neither excessively personal nor intentionally arcane; it suggests an archetypal intuition based on materials and sensations rather than forms.

In this first ever exhibition of his work, Weiss constructed a series of altarlike installations. At the entrance to the gallery, two stacks of green-tinted glass were leaned against the wall. The random shapes and rough edges had been irregularly coated with a white, viscous substance,

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