Josh Garber

Klein Art Works

Josh Garber executed this suite of sculptures during a recent residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and this body of work definitely gives the feeling of being a finite project, a systemic response to a specific artistic agenda. Taking advantage of the foundry facilities at the Kohler, Garber cast five large sculptures— Touch , Contain, Grip, Hold, and Merge (all works 1992)—in iron or brass, and then for each piece produced four smaller versions in a variety of materials with differing surfaces. Each separate object was informed by and made somewhat dependent on its relation to the larger piece so that the series finally functioned in a familial manner—the four smaller pieces postulating genetic variations that point to the potential of another generation of ideas.

This attention toward gesture and potential permutations—there was no compelling reason

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