Diana Al-Hadid, Water Thief, 2008-11. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, polystyrene, and mixed media, installation view.

Linda Fleming and Diana Al-Hadid


Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art, in conjunction with its second triennial Art + Environment conference, filled its galleries with exhibitions that investigated “our relationships with natural, built, and digital environments.” Two of the 14 shows/installations—“Modeling the Universe,” a selection of Linda Fleming’s maquettes, and Water Thief, Diana Al-Hadid’s room-sized invocation of a water clock—addressed the themes of time and flow in the language of sculpture, in part through conceptual shifts in scale within the works themselves. Miniaturized physical renderings of a work of art or architecture, maquettes traditionally precede the creation of the full-scale version. Much larger sculptures have been made from some of the 40 compact forms in Fleming’s show, but the artist considers all of her maquettes to be complete pieces, in and of themselves…see the entire review in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.