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Gonzalo Fonseca

Arnold Herstand Company

Gonzalo Fonseca’s limestone sculptures are simultaneously primitive and elegant, like the ruins of an archaic world. Inserted into their structures are parts of petrified bodies, reliquary objects, and geometrical shapes that seem both to belong and not to belong. In Anthro, 1988 and Pleroma, (Explosion of light, 1990), little steps in pueblolike structures lead nowhere, as though rituals in themselves. In Terrazas (Terraces, 1985-90), grander steps—suggesting a section of a Yucatan pyramid—are covered, at discreet intervals, with ritual objects waiting to be used in magic ceremonies, the exact routine of which has long been forgotten. All the pieces have a psychologically as well as physically intricate look, as though we are viewing objects that symbolize something human that was once all-important but has subsequently grown remote.

Fonseca sets up a number of formally unforgettable

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