Magazine article Artforum International

Jessica Warboys: GAUDEL DE STAMPA

Magazine article Artforum International

Jessica Warboys: GAUDEL DE STAMPA

Article excerpt

"Parasol," Jessica Warboys's solo debut show, was dominated by two large unstretched canvases at opposite ends of the gallery, both indexical in procedure. Blue Parasol, 2009, is actually a cyanotype photogram: Warboys made it by coating the canvas with a light-sensitive solution, placing a bundle of reeds in a circular formation suggesting the shape of an open parasol at its center, and exposing it to the sun. Sea Painting, Dunwich, 2009, was formed by immersion in the ocean, its pigment spread by the waves. Importantly, the artist has cut significant portions of each canvas away, revealing the doors on each wall in the exhibition.

In the center of the gallery were three small marble sculptures--Island, Green Curtain End Vertical, and White Curtain End Vertical, all 2009--each based on the form of a knob at the end of a curtain rod. Fallen Through, 2009, is a rectangular block of oak in which an indentation the shape of the same curtain end has been hollowed out by chain saw. Ladder Ladder, 1997/2009, is a found, X-shaped painting (the cross is formed by two small ladders) that the artist has restored and repainted in its original color (red).

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Much of the effectiveness of the show came from the feeling of emptiness in the gallery, or rather of powers half-glimpsed and barely remembered. To a sympathetic viewer, the lack of anything sturdier or more obviously developed served to indicate a gossamer sensibility, perhaps a yearning for a world in which all things are bound together in a mystical whole--a world that must slip away, to be seen again only from afar. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.