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Chuck Holtzman

Barbara Krakow Gallery

In this exhibition, Chuck Holtzman has proved himself at home working on large-scale sculpture while maintaining the sense of finesse and miniaturist craftsmanship that characterized his tiny constructivist manipulations of hand-cut wood and accompanying charcoal drawings. Typically six feet in height and composed of at least 250 pieces of wood each, the four sculptures exhibited here consist of various geometric configurations of raw wood, touched in places with white spackle, acrylic, and charcoal pencil, and held together by screws and nails, which punctuate the saw-cut surfaces. Holtzman’s inventions resemble fantastic engineering devices, yet their dynamic quality prevents them from appearing too architectonic. These open wall structures are not reliefs; they are three-dimensional objects attached to the gallery wall with French cleats that invite different views from the sides and

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