The Lure of Sculpture

Other art forms seem so creatively restrictive when compared to the sculptor's method of delivering his artistic message. Consider a painting: An artist knows that every bit of the conceptualization has to be contained on that particular canvas; there's just no way around it for the piece to be complete. Likewise with photography: Regardless of what is being shot, or how, the entirety of the subject matter needs to fit within the camera's frame (Photoshop notwithstanding). But sculpture is different. The limitations of size are never an issue here; a sculptor merely creates what he imagines. Whether it's as large as the works in Laumeier Sculpture Park or tiny enough to hold in your hand, a sculpture is always the perfect size. See for yourself when Recent Sculptures by John Chamberlain is on display at the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (3540 Washington Boulevard; 314-361-7600) beginning Friday, April 27. This artist, who has works in both the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum collections, uses chromed steel in some of his pieces, a medium that provides almost prism-like reflections of the work itself and of its surroundings, reinforcing that concept of limitless size. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the exhibit remains on view through Friday, May 25.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: April 27. Continues through May 25

 
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