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Dina Ghen


Since the early ’80s, Dina Ghen has been producing abstract sculpture rich in metaphorical possibilities. She has developed methods for carving and casting materials such as urethane, epoxy, and resins that enable her to extract from them an amazingly diverse range of formal properties, as well as vast expressive potential. In this exhibition, Ghen showed herself capable of producing serious, elevated sculpture using nontraditional materials, particularly industrial plastics. Her work demonstrates not only the intrinsic beauty of these synthetic substances, but the capacity they have to transcend the material dimension.

Ghen gives concrete description to abstract qualities. In Rensuaz, 1988, the work’s short, compact body seems firmly balanced on the ground. A blackened indentation at the head of the piece seems like a bodily opening or wound, and the curving form and solid structure almost

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