Magazine article Sculpture

NEW YORK: Mark Hadjipateras

Magazine article Sculpture

NEW YORK: Mark Hadjipateras

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NEW YORK

Mark Hadjipateras

Denise Bibro Fine Art

American artist Mark Hadjipateras, of Greek background and now based mostly in Athens, recently put up a terrific show of grisaille paintings and stained aluminum sculptures. The latter are particularly strong, continuing his long-established practice of whimsical artifact. Behind the playfulness, however, viewers will find a formal intelligence that links Hadjipateras in spirit, if not exactly in form, to some of the Modernists, specifically Calder and Jean Arp. In particular, Arp's preoccupation with the boundaries of abstraction and figuration seems to set a precedent for Hadjipateras's treatment of organic shapes, which offer a melding of the nonobjective and forms found in nature. As a result, he nicely interprets a cusp that has and will remain important in art-the area where what is visible merges with what is imagined.

Hadjipateras carried the threedimensional works to New York in suitcases when he flew over from Athens. The stained aluminum looks smoky like a building façade; but the material is light, even though it seems to be weighty. In the installation, three low steel tables supported a large number of his small sculptures. Steel mats on the floor, extending about a foot out from the tables, also held individual works, delineating a divide between public and presentation space. Along with the gray paintings, the sculptures communicated real feeling for a world quite literally between black and white-a place of industrial expression that also merges oppositions into a felicitous gestalt. …

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