New York

Marek Chlanda

Curt Marcus Gallery

Entitled Ceremonial Group and consecutively numbered, Marek Chlanda’s new mixed-media sculptures (all 1994) are variations on a single form—a large, hollow, birdlike skull with an elongated beak modeled in cloth stretched on a wire support and covered with layers of beeswax mixed with pigment. Singly or in pairs, these forms are mounted on large sheets of plywood that function as supports and pedestals. The artist traces the provenance of this shape to the downcast head of his young son after a rough day in school, but in fact his sculptures transcend any reference to natural forms or specific associations. The unfinished quality and textural irregularity of the surfaces suggest expressionist intent.

His new drawings of ovals also lack a specific referent, evoking both a military shield and a faceless, abstractly patterned head. The drawing constructions were organized in three groups,

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