Duane Paxson, Pawns of Guilt I and II, 2011. Wood, fiberglass, and steel, 69 x 27 x 25 in. and 69 x 23 x 23 in.

Duane Paxson

Troy, Alabama

Johnson Art Center

With works from the past decade, as well as a new series, Duane Paxson’s recent show offered an interesting contrast in subjects and materials. Whereas his earlier works in fiberglass and wood reveal a kinship with nature, the new series, “Ivory Tower,” illuminates the not so admirable workings of society. For these works, he prefers steel and fiberglass, abandoning undulant rhythms and relying instead on stately symmetry. One piece serves as a microcosm of Paxson’s work over the past two decades. Encircling a fiberglass center, wire “netting” suggests atomic particles whirling around a nucleus or the trajectories of planets circling a sun. …see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.