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Brian Groombridge

Toronto Sculpture Garden

Minimalism provides the precedent for Brian Groombridge’s most recent sculpture entitled Within One Action There Are Many Gestures, 1990. Here Groombridge has arrived at a synthesis of form that reduces the superfluous to the necessary and immediate. Using a stainless steel I beam which projects 20 feet into the air, the artist has fixed a rod halfway up that holds two carpenter’s set squares welded together to form a rectangle. The work echoes its downtown Toronto setting that is dominated by a construction frenzy and the verticality of skyscrapers.

Groombridge’s piece is a simple configuration that functions with quiet authority within its surroundings, without genuflecting to the notion of public art as a homogenized accompaniment to its environment. It stands in decided contrast to the quasi-Victorian setting of the Toronto Sculpture garden. By creating this Minimalist work, he has

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