new-york

Linda Matalon

Yoshii Gallery

Like living organisms, Linda Matalon’s sculptures are both idiosyncratic and occasionally infirm. Painstakingly imperfect, they show evidence of long, and possibly tedious, hours of production. Though created from a modest range of materials, these works have a disquieting presence.

The most complex and ambitious piece in the exhibition, What Remains, 1993, examines the points at which the animate and the abstract intersect—a question addressed by all of the works in this show but without the particular urgency of this piece. Constructed of wire and gauze, held together with viscous materials including wax, glue, and tar, parallel processions of multiple elements dangle from the ceiling at eye-level. Like rows of hanging meat in a butcher store, What Remains is both fascinating and disturbing. Single pieces are suspended from a sinewy tangle of wire and string; the gauze and wax forms are

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