Magazine article Artforum International

Beverly Semmes

Magazine article Artforum International

Beverly Semmes

Article excerpt

LESLIE TONKONOW ARTWORKS + PROJECTS

For some time now, Beverly Semmes's sculptural installations have extended bodily forms through an eccentric, winsome Pop abstraction. Recently, her expanded dresses (whose hemlines cascade across the floor into velvety pools or undulating folds) and impossible costumes (without openings for head or limbs) have given way to room-filling forms of stuffed fabric. The centerpiece here was Untitled, 2001, a gorgeous pile of coiled chartreuse soft cylinders or tubular pillows that nearly touched the ceiling. Like most soft sculpture, these bright coils were funny right away and get even funnier with age. The giant pile seemed cartoonishly fecal, or fetal-perhaps it was the epic excremental love-child of Louise Bourgeois and Claes Oldenburg: mom and Pop's plop. Looking at this glowing excrescence, one noticed a woman behind a desk in the back room of the gallery. She was dressed in a bright yellow jumpsuit made from the same material as the pile. Stern guardian, pile progeny, or artist surrogate? Then one saw that this woman's yellow back was bathed in red light coming through a colored curtain over a window behind her, and that the whole gallery had been subtly Flavined with chartreuse and crimson light.

This exhibition, Semmes's first solo show of sculpture in New York in three years, was drawn from a larger installation titled "Watching Her Feat," created in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and exhibited there last fall. …

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.