Adrian Saxe, 2011. Porcelain, lusters, and mixed media on antique wood base, 16 x 8 x 5.38 in.

Adrian Saxe

Santa Monica

Frank Lloyd Gallery

While Adrian Saxe’s previous work embodied dual aspects of beauty—penetrating attraction and a natural link to the grotesque—the work in his recent exhibition, “GRIN,” is not easy on the eye. The sculptures are freeform Surrealist objects that make suspect everything that categorizes the sense of things. The linkage of a highly crafted, non-utilitarian object with a utilitarian technology is, as de Lautréamont wrote, as “beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella.” Such dissonance is characteristic of Saxe’s work. Each object bears overtones that stand in ambiguous relationship to its tangibility. The current work is humorous in a deeply questioning, philosophical fashion. .…see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.