Art Speak


Joseph Merkel

            Logically, sculpture has greater stability than painting and can be expected to be less radical. However, more new changes seem to be happening in sculpture today, and even the new painting seems to “borrow” sculpture effects. No more is this renewed vitality evident than in the many sculpture shows in East Village galleries which, despite certain admitted shortcomings, do show a good deal of what is new in New York. The Now Gallery, 430 East 9th Street, lives up to its name in “New Sculpture” until May 5.
            Many works succeed in being imaginative, and some also in skill. The relatively flat stones of Ken Hiratsuka, with an abstrack design pattern cut in, do not seem radical, but they are different from other sculpure, though his book in stone has been done by others. A few artists favor brightly painted fantasy creatures, such as the three small wall figures of Daryl Trivierri, while Greer Langton presents three very small works that may be more bizarre, each looking rather like a belly button.
            Fantasy in its combinations of images and form is the eight foot high multi media work with lights by Shalom. This begins down low with three ultra frosted red lights in a column and is topped by an open geometric cap with flashing lights. In the center is an interior of interacting images, an arresting scene that includes a woman dressed as Mona Lisa. A commentary on Pop Art is work by Liz*Val, pianting over a new garbage can or an aluminum six pack of beer.

Picture: Shalom, “Fantasy Space,”