Featured Review: Ann Coddington Rast: endless sky

Featured Review: Ann Coddington Rast: endless sky These woven sculptures have a way with shadows, casting compellingly weblike mirrors of themselves over the unoccupied walls of the Sheldon's Bellwether Gallery. In an exhibit devoted to all things unabated and skyward, these pieces seem to relish restrictions, capitalizing on the problems posed by constructed space and the scrupulous craft of basketry. The black-painted willow branches of dark clouds encroach on the viewer in amorphous, truncated shapes that hang from the ceiling and cut through the gallery space with almost architectural physicality. The ephemeral shiver of white goose down in a feather cloud is metallically framed by the silver straight pins that anchor the piece to the wall. In this show, the Champaign, Illinois-based artist nimbly extracts a diverse set of abstractions from traditional and finite techniques, deftly steering the viewer through and around the porous, draping and nebulously looming objects. Through August 22 at the Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.sheldonconcerthall.org. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Tue., noon-5 p.m. Wed.- Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.

Ann Coddington Rast, dark clouds, 2008, random woven willow, dimensions variable.
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Ann Coddington Rast, dark clouds, 2008, random woven willow, dimensions variable.

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