Didier Vermeiren

Donald Young Gallery

Didier Vermeiren’s charged classicism juggles pristine resolution and tense, probing expectancy. Essays in implication, the seven tantalizing sculptures displayed here reveal Vermeiren’s concerns with the intricacies and ambiguities of space and motion.

The earliest piece exhibited, Une plaque de Pierre 80 x 80 x 20 cm sur un bloc de polyurethane 80 x 80 x 20 cm (A stone plaque 80 x 80 x 20 cm on a polyurethane block 80 x 80 x 20 cm, 1985) inaugurates a kind of offbeat physics test. Comprised of a block of stone atop an identically proportioned block of polyurethane foam, the piece literally moves, albeit extremely slowly, as the polyurethane is gradually pancaked. Motion and its relation to the properties of an object are also crucial elements in five untitled sculptures that take as their starting point a dollylike cart. The presentation, contour, demeanor, and wheels of these objects

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