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Nancy Rubins

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Nancy Rubins’ ebullient sculpture seems to drag everything along with it. In its explosive, turbulent gestures, Rubins’ work can be aligned to the esthetic of the Baroque: theatrical in effect, her sprawling sculptures create a sense of vertigo. All curves and diagonals, Rubins’ works form jagged, spiraling silhouettes that frustrate any attempt to locate a frontal or primary view. Her work is outsize, crackling with so much energy that it seems to continually shift and churn, to temporarily defy gravity. Drawings and Hot Water Heaters, 1992, (reconfigured by the artist each time it is installed) has a sprightly monumentality that cuts boldly through space. Here, it seemed to press against the walls and ceiling, attempting to defy the constraints of the rectilinear space.

The title of this piece is fully descriptive; nearly twenty battered and rusted hot-water heaters were precariously tied

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