Jane Manus, Black and Brushed, 2010. Painted aluminum.

Jane Manus

Morristown, NJ

Simon Gallery

Over the last four decades, Jane Manus has followed a Minimalist tradition in her geometric-inspired sculpture. Like previous sculptors exploring new avenues of three-dimensional, non-narrative form, Manus is determined to stretch the boundaries of contemporary sculpture; she meticulously pieces together hollowed-out, square, elongated tubing, albeit sparingly, to form connective symmetrical linear lines that are seamlessly welded together. Following David Smith, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, and Donald Judd, Manus celebrates the creative challenge of reducing shape and form, introducing a pronounced simplification of lengthened shapes that generate a recognizable visual harmony. Each work starts with a small-scale cardboard and scotch tape model; she then fabricates a rough maquette in aluminum, which is later transposed into a much larger welded form meticulously spray-painted in its final stage …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.

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