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New Richard Serra Sculptures at Gagosian Gallery

Every Which Way
Every Which Way, 2015 (All Photos By Gail)

Both of Gagosian Gallery’s Chelsea locations are currently hosting a new selection of Richard Serra’s monumental minimalist sculptures created from slabs of forged steel.

Silence
Silence (for John Cage)

Through
Through

Personally, I am fond of the ones that you can walk inside of, or through, such as this one, which, appropriately, is entitled Through.

Through
Inside Through

Above Below Betwixt Between
Above Below Betwixt Between

This one is painted on the four walls of a small room.

Signage

The above four sculptures are located at 555 West 24th Street.

NJ-1
NJ-1

If you walk a few blocks south you can find NJ-1, which is a huge maze you can walk in, over at 522 West 21st Street. Very fun!

These Richard Serra Sculptures will be up until July 29th, 2016, at the above noted locations in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Every Which Way
Every Which Way

Luke Achterberg, Made in the USA at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

Sculpture By Luke Achterberg
All Photos By Gail

Another fun exhibit I saw recently is from abstract sculptor Luke Achterberg, who draws inspiration from two very specific American sub-cultures: urban graffiti and hot-rodding. Achterberg uses the combination of these two very particular aesthetics to create a new visual language.

Evolving and Cognate
Evolving (Sculpture on Pedestal), and Cognate (Sculpture on Wall)

Conceptually, these are bold, contemporary embellishments of structures unrelated to the contemporary additions of spray paint or automotive adornments that stylize and personalize their functional substrates. Aesthetically, his work is the dynamic link that bridges them together; an expressive look Achterberg refers to as “SuperSleek.”

Astir
Astir

The artist’s interest in hot-rodding stems from growing up with the welders and automotive customizers in his family; he is a certified welder himself. He uses his industrial skills and adds his own touch, which transforms raw steel and automotive paint into works of elegance and meaning.

Correlation
Correlation

He captures both the academic ideals of fine art and the technical aptitude that graffiti artists and custom automotive specialists develop outside of academia.

Rooted Custom
Rooted Custom

Achterberg’s work translates the emotional gesture that is seen in both of his muses. He employs curving forms with whiplash tendrils that animate the works and afford them an anthropomorphic nature, as if someone’s tag or custom paint job came to life. Each has a balance of line and form, color and pattern, and also the physical, structural balance of the heavy steel. And yet, the works give the impression of floating, almost dancing, across the wall.

Mackle
Mackle

Luke Achterberg’s Made in the USA will be on Exhibit Through March 14th, 2015 at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts – NY, Located at 529 W 20th Street, Suite 6W, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Luke Achterberg Signage