New York

Steve Currie

Grace Borgenicht

The independent sculptural object often seems like a threatened species. With these recent works, Steve Currie acknowledges the vulnerablity of objects while assuring us of their enduring viability. Deftly manipulating materials with an exacting, unusual conception of craft, Currie succeeds in animating abstraction. With the eight sculptures in this exhibition, the artist points to the uncertain status of contemporary sculpture, through abstractions that look like industrial components and enlarged organisms.

Estranged families of materials are painstakingly joined, techniques rigorously exploited to create discomfiting heterogeneities. Currie achieves a poetic ungainliness by accentuating the incongruities of each work. Valve, 1993, sits low to the floor. The title suggests a functional instrument but the materials and scale evoke once-animate remains. Three juglike elements made of wire

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