New York

Connie Beckley

Farideh Cadot Gallery

Though Connie Beckley is best known for her unique mixture of experimental music and performance art, the sculptures and watercolors exhibited here hold their own on a purely visual level.

These new sculptures evidence her canny ability to incorporate properties she finds in music into palpably accessible visual form. Beckley characterizes her recent sculptures as “strained harmonies,” and indeed they evidence her preoccupation with articulating a dialectic between harmony and dissonance. Of Into and Was and Battlehymn, both 1988, relate overtly to music, and serve as a segue between Beckley’s musical and sculptural concerns. Both are from the artist’s “War and Music” series, and both propose a relationship between harmony and violence. In Of Into and Was, an organ pipe pinned to the wall by flat, wooden boards points upward like a missile. Beckley has altered the look of the pipe just

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