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Julianne Swartz

Josée Bienvenu Gallery

Julianne Swartz’s sculpture is often made out of materials one might acquire from a hardware store—wire, cement blocks, PVC piping—but these commonplace components are transformed into objects that mimic human processes of communication and connection.

In a set of seven sculptures, clock mechanisms embedded in concrete blocks move fragile-seeming constructions of wire and string around in slow, small circles. Some of these inch around with an insectoid furtiveness close to the floor, while others, more vertically oriented, respond to viewers’ footsteps like ultrasensitive antennae. But while the works seem delicate, they are, in their continuous movement, as inexorable and insistent as erosion. In Touch/Knowledge (all works 2007), a length of silver monofilament is dragged over coils of wire, suggesting a victory of charm over brutality but also something darker: a kind of stubborn progress

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