This exhibition featured eight new works by German-born New York sculptor Caspar Henselmann, whose objects often approach architecture. A cluster of maquettes on pedestals about 4-feet high were arranged near the gallery entrance. Each in metal, concrete and wood, these sculptures consist of geometric shapes rising from a square platform, suggestive of imaginative landscapes with buildings rising from vast plains.
Also on view were large photos of Henselmann's recent public sculpture project in Switzerland, Kairos-Chronos at the Nottwill Paraplegic Center, which consists of a tall metal arch lined with colored lights, soaring above a sunken bunker-like structure. The show's centerpiece was Parking Lot, a 6-foot tall tower-like construction made of slabs of concrete lined in steel, stacked together like building blocks. The modules may be piled up indefinitely like the components of Brancusi's Endless Column. By approaching sculpture like a builder would, Henselmann finds new and unexpected ways to merge art and architecture.
Caspar Henselmann at Robert Pardo, Nov. 17- Dec. 18, 1999, 10 11th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10011.
DAVID EBONY is associate managing editor of Art in America.