Jonathan Prince, Vestigial Block, 2011. Oxidized and stainless steel, 6.25 x 6 x 6 ft.

Jonathan Prince

New York

The Sculpture Garden at 590 Madison Avenue

Felicitously staged among stately bamboo in the soaring atrium of New York City’s IBM building, Jonathan Prince’s four monumental steel sculptures brought to mind one of Plato’s favorite sayings: God is always doing geometry. Classic forms bearing historical and symbolic associations, Prince’s obelisk, flattened sphere, cube, and torus all display rich sienna patinas that accentuate their contours. Militating against geometric perfection, however, silvery patches gash the forms, disrupting their simplicity and giving rise to the series’ title, “Torn Steel.” A slender upright ripped at the apex by a jagged triangle of silver, Totem (2011) suggests—because of its title—protective ancestral spirits, as well as the masculine generative powers inherent in the obelisk and the Indian lingam…see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.