Huma Bhabha, Bumps in the Road, 2008, mixed media, 60 1/2 x 66 1/4 x 80 1/4".

Huma Bhabha

Stephen Friedman Gallery | 25 - 28 Old Burlington Street

Huma Bhabha, Bumps in the Road, 2008, mixed media, 60 1/2 x 66 1/4 x 80 1/4".

Among the paradoxes in Huma Bhabha’s extraordinary sculpture is that although it feels fully in sync with our times—politically uncertain, historically self-conscious, formally experimental—the work transmits great timelessness. The three untitled, totemlike figures, 2010, that were in the front room at Stephen Friedman Gallery seem as ancient as anything ever erected on Easter Island. Solid, stony presences with roughly pitted surfaces that suggest hours of laborious masonwork, these partially blackened idols are mostly made of cork, pointing to an unexpected fragility: Were these monoliths to tip over, they would crumble. Bhabha’s art is rife with such paradoxes. She obviously works with extreme care, declaring her sculptures finished only when every detail is resolved with precision, but her attentiveness is at odds with the material instability of the final product.

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