new-york

Molly Smith

Kate Werble Gallery

For her third New York solo show—and her first at Kate Werble—Molly Smith grouped diminutive sculptures in casual table-bound cliques, with other, larger assemblages hugging the surrounding walls. Surprisingly evocative installation devices, these bases offered up their wares in a manner that highlighted the delicate formal specificity of each of Smith’s structures, while simultaneously rendering the pieces all the more affective for their staged interrelations. For instance, the triangular, sail-like zenith of Sink, 2009, repeated the apex of the adjacent Stand, 2010; the former’s cracked mirror base—though both wholly abstract and obdurately specific in its employment of this material—called to mind nothing so much as the undulating surface of water, whose hues reappeared as the color on Stand’s aqueous membrane. Then there was the intricate Shell, 2010, a small crepe paper bowl resting

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