Ruth Pastine/Frederick Holland

Deven Golden Fine Art

In a recent joint exhibit with Ruth Pastine, Frederick Holland presented two white tables of darkish bronze sculptures. Half a dozen pieces were arrayed on a circular table with a small hole cut out of its center, while the other table, in the shape of a Greek cross, held one sculpture on each of its four arms. The bronzes are intimate in scale, complexly textured, and variously shaped (some are elliptical, others circular or gourdlike). Some appear to be solid, while others have openings that suggest vessels. All are marked by various combinations of patterning—grooves, ridges, slits, or spikelike projections. A kind of hatching covers the surface of a number of the pieces, almost like scarification. They seemed to invite touch, and closing my eyes, I ran my hands over several; the effect was electric—even more peculiar than their visual appearance.

These enigmatic, evocative objects—relics

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