New York

Jane Rosen

Grace Borgenicht Gallery

Under the title “Better Nature,” Jane Rosen assembled an intriguing set of sculptures. Even when visible characteristics differed, a transcendent “genetic” bond was apparent. Rosen’s work is influenced by the forms perceived in those moments prior to complete recognition—what is seen before pattern, color, and shape indicate some figure or formation—which serves to engage viewers in negotiating the relationship between perception and cognition.

These strangely crafted pieces examine the relationship between the natural, the found, and the fashioned. Rosen frequently revisits the horse’s head, foregrounding the animal’s power and vulnerability, and using a range of associations to inscribe the tensions between abstraction and figuration. Race, 1993, consisted of two similar horse heads mounted on the wall—one black and the other white; they were stark, startlingly simple pieces. The thick

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