New York

Nicholas Pearson

Condeso/Lawler Gallery

Nicholas Pearson’s formally taut coiled aluminum sculptures mark the culmination of a highly self-conscious exploration of sculptural process. Coming of age in the ’70s at Bennington College, Pearson rejected the Greenbergian legacy in favor of a Minimalist insistence on the artwork’s status as an actual object in space and time. While his early work invoked architectural forms as a way of pointing to sculpture’s origins, by the mid-’80s he had unpacked his essentially closed monoliths, building large, open, steel armatures, containing fired aluminum and pigmented concrete objects, as a means of analyzing structure at the most elemental level. His most recent body of work, which is above all a function of his choice of method—a process of rapidly coiling metal in order to realize spiral “drawings” in space—reveals the consistent focus on the decision-making process that aligns him with

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