Washington, DC

Graham Caldwell

G Fine Art

The sixteen wall-mounted transparent- and silvered-glass sculptures in Graham Caldwell’s recent exhibition “Anatomies” are, variously, dishlike, globular, and spiky and appear inspired by fangs, antlers, and the weird life forms that grow near deep-sea volcanic fissures. They recall the work of Josiah McElheny, Eva Hesse, and Ernesto Neto, melding humor, narcissism, and disorientation with a creeping unease. Caldwell is a skilled glassmaker, as evinced by the work’s refined finish, but unlike Dale Chihuly, he eschews flamboyant colors in favor of black, white, gray, and amber. This restricted palette succeeds in focusing attention on the medium’s inherent optical qualities and underscores the economy and elegance of the forms.

According to Caldwell, the works in “Anatomies” are meant to suggest wild-game trophies, but most—Malocclusus (all works 2007), for example—have little in common with

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