EDINBURGH Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Rather than become embroiled in a “should it stay or should it go” brawl over the monument’s future, Lynch shifted eyes away from what he describes as “the egotistical grandeur” of city monuments in a small but busy exhibition in one of ESW’s courtyard studios.
From the Sculptor’s Studio, by Sculpture contributing editor Ina Cole, features candid, in-depth conversations with 20 artists who have helped to define, and redefine, sculpture in the late 20th and early 21 centuries.
Pablo Butteri feels a visceral link with nature. His works are organic and full of movement, with abstract beings emerging from labyrinths and knots. Salt, coal, glass, and silicone create enigmatic and enchanting, quasi-monochrome micro-worlds that invite viewers to follow unclear passages through dense spaces amid smoke and audiovisual projections.
CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS Lucy Lacoste Gallery At a time when irony is a mainstream aesthetic force and the art object is frequently made coherent via the glitter of popular culture, work such as Briggs’s is rare and strangely daring. Abstraction becomes a visual manifestation of poetry, bearing literary notions of metaphor and symbolism.
LOS ANGELES Blum & Poe Pia Camil’s work has consistently engaged ideas of power, consumerism, and collectivity, using the mass-market waste of Mexico City’s urban landscape to create theoretically complex objects and participatory installations. Her new body of work, produced after she relocated from the city to the rural countryside during the pandemic, takes these themes in a different direction.
Japanese sculptor Shigeo Toya approaches nature as both a source of material and a site of hope. Very much a philosopher, he recognizes the intellectual character of the sculptural process while maintaining that the separation of art—and human life—from nature is mistaken.
MOUNTAINVILLE, NEW YORK Storm King Art Center Sarah Sze’s Fallen Sky—Storm King’s first permanent commissioned outdoor sculpture since Maya Lin installed Storm King Wavefield in 2008—resembles a silhouetted planet earth, as if photographed from space. Composed of 130 polished steel fragments nestled into native grasses, it occupies the site where a large tree once stood.
Working across sculpture, drawing, and painting, Ackroyd creates installations that bring together the body, architecture, and sexuality in nightmarish and uncanny ways, excavating memory and history to confront the viewer with new notions of femininity and power.
Recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award “Whether I’m making a large or small object, I hope it will make sense to have that particular scale and form together, and that it will give off enough visual energy to shake the air around it.”