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Lawrence Carroll

57 STUX + Haller Gallery

Lawrence Carroll is a major new presence in sculpture. It would be easy to classify his work as expressive minimalism, in that his ostensibly simple geometrical constructions are given subtly textured surfaces. (The texturing is so subtle that the works seem simultaneously refined and raw.) In some pieces the structure is seamed and collaged, in others a small section of it is removed to reveal an interior emptiness. The way that emptiness is glassed in leads us to expect to see the relic of a saint, but there is none. The works tend to the monumental, as in The Words Aren’t Mine and No Patience for the Past (all works, 1989), but there are many smaller pieces, equally intense and studied. All the works have an aura of elegant mystery, intimate but unnamable. They have an archeological look, and seem painted with an unspecifiable, memorable past. They are decidedly uncanny objects, not

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