Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Poised stands tall at Solomon Projects

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click to enlarge ALTARED STATE: Jeff Sonhouse's "Illumination," 2004
  • ALTARED STATE: Jeff Sonhouse's "Illumination," 2004

We’ve officially gone urban. As of last year, more people in the world lived in urban environments than not, according to the United Nations. So it comes as no surprise that the artists in Poised, now on view at Solomon Projects, have channeled our collective confrontation with all things architectural in surprising and satisfying ways.

Poised is curated with a minimalist's hand, and wisely avoids the pitfall of trying to do too much. Four artists and four works, one from each artist, comprise Poised. Because each painting or sculpture is given ample breathing room, together they attain an air of monumental dignity, even without being especially monumental in scale.

Atlantan Scott Ingram’s “Gesture” turns the framework of a built environment in overdrive inside out with three I-beams juxtaposed at eccentric angles and leaned against the wall. Although the black lacquered I-beams resemble the typical steel variety, a visual pun is at work as they're actually made of wood. In art parlance, a “gesture” is a mark made intuitively, before thought and before intention. Ingram’s “Gesture” might be the shrugging afterthought of an abandoned construction site, or the accidental sculpture of a city in progress.

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