Jud Nelson

Fischbach Gallery

Jud Nelson is part Pop prankster, part Renaissance master, with a good dose of Minimalist strategist thrown in. With HOLOS, an ongoing series of sculptures he began in 1971, Nelson nods to both antiquity and technology. In Greek, holos means “whole” or “total”; it’s the root of the word “hologram,” or perfect three-dimensional illusion. Nelson’s title simultaneously refers to both ideal form and its artificially generated analogue.

Carved in stone or white polystyrene, the HOLOS are minutely rendered replicas of the most trivial items: tea bags, Wonder bread, sink stoppers, folding chairs, aspirins, Hefty trash bags. Nelson creates each object in a series of six almost-identical versions, life-size or slightly larger, that are presented deadpan in vitrines. The works are exacting, elegant, hermetic in their refusal to read as either straight life studies or expressive personal fetishes.

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