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Carmen Perrin

Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART

These two very different shows marked Swiss artist Carmen Perrin’s solo debut in the United States. Common to all of her work is a commitment to exploring the possibilities of industrial materials—metal, rubber, wood, and fiberglass, among others—which has yielded formally varied but consistently provocative results. John Good presented a range of Perrin’s freestanding and wall-mounted sculptures from the past several years. Populating the floor like hypertensed creatures poised to spring were her relatively large, “temporary” constructions. Assembled of twisted and stressed steel, rubber, and plywood, these are as much about delineating space as they are about creating plastic forms, and the shapes they take are but a by-product of Perrin’s penchant for pushing each material to its limits. In one work from 1991, a double-cone-shaped fiberglass skeleton stretches bands of rubber nearly to

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