Los Angeles

Kevin Pasnik

Richard/Bennett Gallery

At first glance, Kevin Pasnik’s object-sculptures appear to reference Minimalism, both in their use of industrial and everyday materials (sheet metal, 4 by 4s, and actual tree branches) and their serial, highly structured interaction with the surrounding space. Closer inspection, however, discloses a more overt concern with process. Pasnik attempts to occupy an enigmatic middle ground between the art object and performance (with the “work” acting as a trace of work). Unlike Minimalist practice, which tends to present the object as a productive fait accompli, Pasnik includes the residue and debris of process as an intrinsic part of the piece itself, self-consciously reifying Marx’s notion of labor as the realization of self through the bodily transformation of “nature.”

In Three Beams, Six Branches (all works 1990), Pasnik placed two sets of three tree branches (construction material in its

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