Los Angeles

Alison Wilding

Asher-Faure

In this spare exhibition, Alison Wilding has constructed three disparate sculptural experiences—three tightly ordered arrangements of forms that play out pseudo-narratives, stories promised but seductively withheld.

In Temper, 1991–92, for example, a three-part configuration of shapes situated discreetly in the center of the room scarcely interacts with the space. Two seductively symmetrical, curved sheets of steel come together to form an eye-shaped wedge, with one of the two open ends resting on the floor. While this portion of the piece recalls Richard Serra’s walls of steel looming aggressively over an intimidated viewer, the sculpture ultimately eschews these macho pyrotechnics via its multiplicity of shapes and relatively small scale. Wilding has joined the meticulously finished sheets (which contrast with the contrived spontaneity of Serra’s rusted and streaked surfaces) neatly at

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