July 26 - August 20, 2005
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Rena Bransten Gallery is presenting a show of works by young sculptors entitled Take Shape. Artists included are Libby Black, Margarita Cabrera, Jim Christensen and Leah Modigliani, Andrea Cohen, Seth Koen, Rachael Neubauer, Michael O'Malley and Jared Pankin.
Libby Black and Margarita Cabrera both create life size sculptures meticulously crafted from unconventional materials. Black reproduces luxury items such as Gucci Golf Clubs or Prada handbags using cut paper. She will be included in Bay Area Now 4 opening July 15 that will include a life-size Kate Spade showroom. Cabrera deconstructs household appliances and rebuilds them out of colorful vinyl panels with exposed threads that may include parts of the real appliance for truer effect. Her life-size VW Bug of yellow vinyl was featured at Art Basel Miami Beach last December.
Seth Koen and Rachael Neubauer both use materials that compliment the forms of their sculptures. Koen creates soft orbs of crocheted yarns that hang from the ceiling by long tails or sit on wall shelves like curios or specimens. Neubauer's sculptures are made of shaped polystyrene coated with layers of enamel, lacquer, metal flakes, and sometimes sequins. The works are often shown as diptychs or triptychs emphasizing the relationships between form and materials. Neubauer has a major wall sculpture included in the Eureka Fellowship exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum through August 14.
Andrea Cohen and Jared Pankin's sculptures both reference landscapes. Cohen's small colorful sculptures refer to Chinese scholar rocks but are carved from Styrofoam with carved wood bases. Cohen also has a larger than life sculpture in the show Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York at the Sculpture Center. Pankin creates freestanding sculptures and wall reliefs from rough scraps and chunks of wood that seem to merge and evolve into realistic branches and trees.
Jim Christensen and Leah Modigliani will collaborate to recreate Hans Wegner's clothing valet miniaturized to accommodate a snake's clothing - in this case for a cobra's gray wool cape and herringbone tail covering. Like Christensen and Modigliani, Michael O'Malley's abstract sculptures reference furniture. His works are freestanding or wall sculptures containing stackable shelf-like elements connected to various armatures.