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Pam Lins

Ten In One Gallery

At first glance, Pam Lins’s plywood sculptures look like exercises in medium-scale art-school carpentry, but soon they click into familiarity, like fragments of a recurring dream, then slowly relax into intriguing, elusive, odd yet plain forms that appear simultaneously fragmented and perfectly self-contained. The main space of the artist’s recent show contained five wall-mounted works (all 2003), each comprising curved, boxy constructions, irregular flat shapes, and a representational element, in most cases a small painting on a scrap of paper or canvas. Worn Down Grass, a long, low console like an unfinished Judd or Morris, curves up at one end to support a large plywood disk, while a section of the opposite corner has been removed to reveal a painting of a sunny landscape featuring an orange Igloo cooler.

Lins has been working with air vents, air ducts, and puffy-cloud imagery for several

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