new-york

Brian Yoshimi Isobe

Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery

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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