Thursday, April 15, 2010

Curving Shadows


There is currently an exhibit of rarely seen objects created by German-born, American artist Eva Hesse at Hauser & Wirth in NYC.



From their press release: "...delicate papier cache forms - wisps of assembled paper, tape, cheesecloth and adhesive...that are neither round nor rectangle, but indeterminate. Intimate manifestations of the artist's thought process, they evoke the bodily, suggesting fragments of the skull, sheaths of timeworn parchment, tablets awaiting manuscripts, curving shadows..."



The colors and textures of these objects are thrilling in person. At once simple and yet at the same time sophisticated, I found a sense of tranquility in each piece. Looking at once fragile and strong, these objects were quite fascinating to me. Click each image to get a larger view of each object.


19 comments:

Annie said...

These remind me of archeological finds, fragments of unknown pieces.

Bea said...

Wonderful! I love them. Makes me want to try my hand at something like that.
Oh, and before I forget I've got a challenge going, that you might be interested in, you can read about it on the Wed. April 14th post. :)Bea

Stephanie said...

These works remind me of some disco projects...lovely floating weathered fragments.

Jeane said...

Eva Hesse is one of my heros :)

ArtPropelled said...

Interesting to look at the closeups. Shards of discoloured porcelain unearthed.

Fabric Art said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for nice comment, it must be great to see this exhibition, exciting pictures you have taken.
Anni

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was pretty blown away by these pieces. Looks like you had fun at this exhibit. The photos you took were very nicely presented, too.

ooglebloops said...

Very nice photos!! Art comes in many different interpretations.............

M. Lefebvre said...

Lucky you to be living in New York City, having access to a show like this.
I've seen retrospectives of Eva Hesse's work elsewhere and it is truly remarkable, poignant, fragile yet strangely powerful.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Lovely pieces, they seem to be both fragements and complete at the same time!

BLACK AND WHITE said...

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Chris said...

Okay, they combine my love of paper and of sculpture and that always floats my boat. Isn't it amazing what crafters accomplish?!

Thanks for sharing these.

rebeca trevino said...

these are terrific.

A rambling rose said...

THE QUEEN OF PROCESS!! How I wish I was in NY to see these precious works by one of my favorite artists and thank you Seth for showing us these beautiful fragments!! Yes Jeane one of my heros too!!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Seth these are haunting ...I think it might be the connection of my intimate experiences with my own brain and the body's miraculous systemic workings... bones and fragments of bone are personal narratives of a human story. I need to learn more about Eva Hesse... she remains mysterious to my journey. Thank you for sharing this incredible exhibit. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Outside The Lines said...

Seth...thank you for featuring Eva Hesse on your blog, and how wonderful that you were able to see the exhibit in person! I see it will travel to Berkeley next year....hoping to catch it there.

Jill Zaheer said...

Love the last picture- keep going back to see the texture and various patterns within patterns and subtle color variations throughout the work.

Marit said...

Wow Seth... this is like looking at my graduation exhibition (art school - I made paper scales...) Maybe it's an "european thing"?? But it sure makes me long to do that again some day!

rivergardenstudio said...

Eva Hesse's work looks soft and earthy at the same.
I love the words from the press release:
"wisps"
"neither round nor rectangle"
'tablets awaiting manuscripts"
Thank you for sharing this artist's work with us,
roxanne