Magazine article Sculpture

EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK: Carol Ross

Magazine article Sculpture

EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK: Carol Ross

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Guild Hall

Carol Ross has an impressive exhibition history, dating from the mid- 1960s through the present. Her recent exhibition, titled simply "Carol Ross," featured works from the last 20 years or so, with 16 mid-size outdoor sculptures installed in the Guild Hall's Furman Sculpture Garden-the tallest reaching almost 13 feet, but most between five and seven feet tall-and seven indoor, wall-hanging pieces and several colored-pencil works on paper.

Viewers notice the physical presence and formalist properties of Ross's freestanding works long before considering the materials involved in their making. Fashioned in stainless steel and mounted on elegantly basic pedestals, each sculpture is painted with a single color of automotive paint. Their verticality gives the impression of presences laden with intent and meaning. They are meticulously crafted for fairly simple shapes, down to the new-car luster of the paint, and it is a delight to see such technically pristine renderings of a concise thought process. The work is mature and cohesive; unconcerned with fashion, it evokes a timeless sensibility. Ross draws on Modernist influences, including Constantin Brancusi, African art, and Futurist design. The work could be considered Minimalist geometric abstraction, although the clean, sharp angles and swooping parabolas do not strictly adhere to either genre.

Critic Donald Kuspit and Christina Strassfield, chief curator of Guild Hall, both note in their catalogue essays that Ross's works resemble ancient totemic artifacts. …

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