Los Angeles

Sara Gernsbacher, 7 Stories, 2018, pigmented silicone, acrylic paint, 84 × 25".

Sara Gernsbacher

Parrasch Heijnen Gallery

Last spring, Sara Gernsbacher showed hanging sculptures of silicone, acrylic, and canvas at the Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York. In her home base of Los Angeles, she offered a new group of the slippery-looking cutouts, which appear to be remnants imbued with purpose through lavish care. This set was colored with pigments and spray paint and set into interlocking plaited or abutted configurations. The represented shapes—including cavities (plugged with black silicone or open to the supporting wall); petals; and spindly, rodlike sticks—felt elemental, ever malleable, even as they were fixed in spatial relationships. They were evocative of figures: The fleshy bits of Shape is Your Touch, Magic Child, and Up Arms Center in 3 (all works 2018), among others, had been trimmed into slender appendages recalling legs and arms—or, more accurately, the skin that would cover them. The substance

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