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John Torreano

Jean Albano Gallery

In his smallish constructions that dot the wall with a teasing, low-tech playfulness, John Torreano mines some of the formal and cultural possibilities hidden in the abstract shapes of costume jewelry and faux gemstones. These sculptures-cum-paintings reflect Torreano’s endless fascination with the volumetrics of the gems themselves—an octagonal face providing the apex for eight rhomboids, the rhomboid bases then forming the top edges of eight triangles, these triangles then tapering to a point. Again and again he revisits this shifting relation of 8 to 4 to 3 to I, and from plane to volume to point. Torreano relieves this rhythmic faceting of form by constructing his works from colored plywood and by attaching them to the wall in an apparently careless manner, so that it looks as if they were randomly puncturing the wall plane.

Torreano’s constructions involve another, literal act of

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