Susan Inglett Gallery
The works in Eli Ping’s recent exhibition continue his exploration of the dynamic interplay between painting and sculpture and challenge our perceptual understanding of both. In a nod to Ping’s process-oriented making, the show consisted of six large relief pieces that progressively moved from worked planar surfaces to meticulously crafted, three-dimensional forms. Throughout, Ping relies on molding, gouging, hammering, and layering to achieve an understated but kinetically elegant effect that defies his use of pared-down materials such as canvas, acrylic paint, wax, and supports. Diamond- and rectilinear-shaped works such as Hardly Softly, Morning Glory, and Indian Duck resonate with an internal animism and fascinate in their ability to capture a sense of the not-quite-familiar. …see the entire review in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.