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Arlene Shechet: “Couple of” at ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck
July 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pmBy donation
Sundays through August 28, 11AM – 5PM with ADDITIONAL hours on July 22 & 23 for Upstate Art Weekend (11AM-5PM).
‘T’ Space is pleased to present “Couple of”, an exhibition of new works by Arlene Shechet. Following Shechet’s recent solo presentations in Hong Kong and LA, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to experience Shechet’s works in the Hudson Valley where the artist lives and works. The installation consists of 5 sculptures, each executed in a different material: carved wood with steel, cast iron, and glazed ceramic. Together, the works reveal the breadth of Shechet’s practice and her mastery of diverse mediums.
Shechet’s works typically require heavy-lifting and involve “serious” materials yet are characterized by creative spontaneity and an effortless combination of disparate elements, often in precarious arrangements. Employing texture, color, materiality, and physical humor, Shechet’s sculptures synthesize the logic of painting, sculpture, and collage into eclectic amalgams. Shechet’s works convey a profound optimism and point towards imaginative material exploration and freedom of spirit as core meanings of art.
“Couple of” is rooted in the concept of couplets: the formal balance of symmetry, partnership, and the artist-artwork dyad are explored in sculptural language through schisms, junctures and mirroring. Poet Maggie Millner writes in the exhibition brochure:
“The fraught space separating any two forms is a place ripe for artmaking: a zone defined by multiplicity and betweenness where the individual ego might begin to yield to something else.“