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Monika Sosnowska, Gate 3, 2014, steel, lacquer, 13' 7 3⁄8“ ×  4' 1 1⁄4” × 2' 11 3⁄8".

Monika Sosnowska, Gate 3, 2014, steel, lacquer, 13' 7 3⁄8“ × 4' 1 1⁄4” × 2' 11 3⁄8".

Monika Sosnowska

Capitain Petzel

Three large steel sculptures suspended from the ceiling were the only works in Monika Sosnowska’s recent solo show. Titled Gate 2, Gate 3, and Gate 4 (all works 2014), they formed an ensemble as austere as it was opulent, melding a sense of lightness, even levitation, to leave an almost palpable impression of weight. The title Gate is emphatically prosaic, but given the degree of defamiliarization and deformation, it might equally be considered an attempt at mystification. How these free-hanging steel constructions might represent portals, points of access, or passages was hard to see at first. The three pieces seemed to be focused studies in fragile monumentality, in which compact form clashes with splintering and contorting disruption.

Sosnowska’s four Gate pieces (Gate 1 was not on view here) were first displayed in 2015 at the Ginza Maison Hermès Le Forum in Tokyo. Their title is in

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