Ishmael Randall Weeks, Striation 2, 2017. Sand-blasted posters and wood dowels, 26 x 38 x 3 in.

Ishmael Randall Weeks

New York

Van Doren Waxter

Two vitrines transform paper and metal into abstractions evoking the origins of life. Striation 1 consists of sandblasted posters and wooden dowels; the tiny reticulations of blown-up paper seem totally non – objective, yet they also conjure everything from a microscopic enlargement of a wound to a map of the world or a cosmic explosion. Untitled (Remnant) is similarly abstract, resembling metal lace, and eerily prescient. Ishmael Randall Weeks’s work relies on an amalgamation of archaeology and conceptual/minimal/ symbolist aesthetics. Born and based in Peru, he graduated from Bard College in 2000 and attended Skowhegan in 2007; he was a 2017 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellow. The understated exhibition …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine. 

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