New York

Mark Mennin

Victoria Munroe Gallery

Mark Mennin’s sculptures do not embrace the surrounding empty space in the manner of formalist abstract sculpture, in order to regain a measure of nonliteral illusionism. Rather, his static self-contained formats are developed as gridlike collages to create an almost archaeological frame of reference in which material fragments of color, surface, and image combine to recreate the illusion of abstraction and negative space.

Anchoring his sculpture idiom within the conventions of traditional architecture and statuary, Mennin’s work addresses the critical dialogue between sculptural and pictorial space by constructing three-dimensional allusions to painting without sacrificing the assured objectivity of sculptural mass and literalness. Archaism underscores his use of symmetrical formats derived from the wall relief, the totem, and the sacred altar; he uses such basic schemes to fulfill our

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