Joseph and John Dumbacher, #286, 2011. Anodized aluminum and steel screws, 13.17 x 5.83 x 4.67 ft.

Joseph and John Dumbacher

Washington, DC

Curator’s Office

The title of a recent show by fraternal twins Joseph and John Dumbacher—“elsewhere: a call to the open road or an antidote to whatever”—offers a decided yes to both options. The focused selection of five sculptures and 10 drawings signals a breakthrough in their risk-taking while affirming that their works are anything but random. Their ties to architecture and their collaborative process remain constants. Joseph lives in Pasadena and John in Washington, DC. During the initial phase, they send each other sketches and rough foam and tape sculptures via e-mail, fax, and mail, which they revise until they reach agreement. A technical blueprint of each model is then created and turned over to a machinist, who mills the design from a solid aluminum block in the case of a small-scale sculpture. These works involve increased fabrication at their California studio, allowing for greater experimentation with form and scale. …see the entire review in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.