portland

Mark Calderon

Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art

Mark Calderon’s steel sculptures have a germinal quality; they seem to arise out of the very spark and sap of life. These new works have a compelling emotional presence, which was made clear in the way they related to one another here spatially. Come Back in Two Halves, 1988, is a red wooden boat, child-size, set on straw. Nearby was Shuttlecock, 1989, a different kind of vessel: corn husks fill a steel framework, which rises to form a vaselike shape. Across from it was Untitled, 1988, a woven cherry bark vase that has been closed with a headlike lid, suggestively transforming it into a human image. Further along lay Untitled, 1989, a corporeal form that has been sliced lengthwise, tipped to a horizontal position, and set on the wall. Made of stiffened burlap, this sarcophaguslike figure has become an open boat carrying numerous small globes.

Each of Calderon’s pieces is a container. When

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