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gallery installation of hanging abstract sculptures made out of plastic and beads
gallery installation of hanging abstract sculptures made out of plastic and beads

Eva LeWitt, installation view of “Eva LeWitt,” 2022. Photo: Farzad Owrang, © Eva LeWitt, Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and VI, VII, Oslo

New York - Luhring Augustine

At first glance, Eva LeWitt’s recent exhibition of 21 works from her “Hanging Spheres” series appeared disarmingly simple—a circular arrangement of sculptures that resembled a group of suspended test tubes. Closer inspection, however, revealed that each work was formed from intricate clusters of slender red, black, white, and blue silicone rods. Held in place by a metal plate, each assembly of rods descended to a different height. Bronze, silver, and black metal beads placed at regular intervals on the ends of the rods altered each work, creating the illusion of large and small hovering spherical orbs.

Though LeWitt’s use of commercial materials and repetitive shapes would seem to emphasize the minimal and quotidian, the cumulative effect resulted in a constantly changing field of immersive wonder. As one moved through the gallery, each dangling constellation dissembled, splintering from its tangible physicality to act in random and unpredictable ways with the ambient lighting. Shimmering and seemingly fragmented into beams of light, the sculptures shape-shifted, materializing and dematerializing as they moved between solid, hard-edged rectangular shafts and nearly transparent shapes that dissolved just as soon as they were beheld. At the same time, as light interacted with the colored rods, they, too, refused the limitations of fixed shape and singular experience, offering instead a range of intensities, iridescences, and tones as one moved around them. The metal beads likewise intermingled with light and the movement to materialize as globes floating in space.

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