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View of “Evan Holloway,” 2017. Photo: Steven Probert.

Evan Holloway

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

View of “Evan Holloway,” 2017. Photo: Steven Probert.

Still indelibly associated with Los Angeles, sculptor Evan Holloway broke through in the late 1990s by combining high-modernist form with subcultural and mundane imagery, manifesting a nimble strand of post-Pop that revealed the clear influence of his former teacher Charles Ray. But while Holloway’s artistic lineage is readily apparent, a certain lightness of touch continues to set him apart from his predecessors and extend his influence beyond the West Coast. Holloway is that rare artist who can address the state of the natural world without preaching, and the condition of the built environment without merely parroting extant forms.

Dominating the main space at Paula Cooper Gallery were five new sculptures of potted plants matched with various basic shelves and lamps (all works 2017). Modeled in steel, cardboard, and an instant papier-mâché called CelluClay, then painted in

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