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Analia Saban, Big Bang Series (in Ten Steps), 2014, ten slabs of concrete and marble on canvas, 26 × 20 × 2 1/2" each. Installation view.

Analia Saban

Praz-Delavallade | Paris

Analia Saban, Big Bang Series (in Ten Steps), 2014, ten slabs of concrete and marble on canvas, 26 × 20 × 2 1/2" each. Installation view.

Analia Saban’s two recent suites of work, both from 2014, blend techniques and materials traditionally considered exclusive to either painting or sculpture. Belonging to neither practice entirely, they comment on both.Big Bang Series (in Ten Steps), for example, which spanned the gallery’s front wall, puts sculptural materials on top of a standard painting support. The work consists of ten twenty-by-twenty-six-inch canvases, each coated with a thick layer of cement and inlaid with fragments of black marble. Taken in sequence, these objects demonstrate several simultaneous progressions. In the first, flecks of black marble no bigger than fingernail clippings are scattered across a field of gray cement. Steadily increasing in size, the marble morsels cover more and more area, soon evoking miniature tectonic plates that appear to eventually fuse in the final canvas’s seamless polished

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