New York

Carl Suddath

Van Harrison Gallery

The outward modesty of Carl Suddath’s enterprise might suggest a reluctance to experiment quite as dangerous, for a young artist, as its overreaching antithesis. Most of the works in Suddath’s recent New York solo debut are untitled, and their materials, size, color, and manner of installation uniformly unassuming. But it is in Suddath’s restraint that his work’s measured strength resides. Using nothing more exotic than wood and plastic, lacquer and ink, he has begun to develop a practice that can shift without lurching, insist without demanding, and endear itself without screaming to be liked.

The installation design of “New Drawing + Sculpture” (Suddath’s modesty extended to his exhibition’s deadpan moniker) mirrored the satisfying clarity of its component parts. Ranged around the newly established gallery’s compact interior were twelve wall- and floor-mounted constructions and framed

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