Magazine article Sculpture

Cassina Projects

Magazine article Sculpture

Cassina Projects

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NEW YORK

Gerold Miller

Cassina Projects

The German sculptor Gerold Miller lives and works in Berlin. This show, his first in the U.S., offered an anthology of works for which he is well known in Europe. Ostensibly, these sculptures veer toward Minimalism, but they are more deeply connected to theory than works from the American movement, even if this tie is downplayed and hard to uncover. Located somewhere between sculpture, painting, and architecture, the pieces can seem arbitrary and impersonal, even cold. But they are extremely effective, in large part because of Miller's interest in theory. His sculptures are about sculpture; and his paintinglike reliefs are about painting. This investigation into the fundamental elements of sculpture is similar to that of Josef Albers, another German who looked at art with exploratory detachment.

To some extent, Miller takes an interest in the architectural support of the wall, which he exposes to reveal the facade behind the work of art. In instant vision 44 (2008), a large sheet of lacquered aluminum is divided into grayish and whitish halves. The gray portion, on the left side, frames an open circle in its upper half, while its bottom has been lacquered pink; on the right, a smaller cut circle at the bottom discloses the wall behind the six-inchdeep relief. instant vision 44 manages to accommodate painting, sculpture, and architecture in an unorthodox and probing way. Though it possesses a Bauhaus simplicity and functionalism, it could never have been made during the Modernist period-it is too stark and muscular and self-referential. …

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