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Jacci Den Hartog

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Jacci Den Hartog has made a career of exploring rocks and water both as substance and subject. She investigates materials, processes, and stylistic devices for modeling them and examining the shapes they impose on one another. Isolated from broader land- or seascape contexts, and supported by wall mounts and stands, her boulder-spotted pools and torrents, cast in polyurethane and, in one instance, Hydrocal (a high-density plaster) over steel armatures, seem to hover in space as if time had stopped and the rest of the world had fallen away.

Den Hartog’s most recent sculptures represent a departure from earlier works in which waves and crags seemed bound by aesthetic codes halfway between Japanese and japonaiserie, Chinese and chinoiserie. Instead, her latest offerings seem to take cues from Romanticism and nineteenth-century realism and dazzlingly manage to pack the spirit of the epic into

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