Celebrated for her large-scale sculptures in public spaces and museums in the United States and abroad, von Rydingsvard’s exhibition will contain works built from experimentation in cedar, paper, bronze, and resin.
On this body of work, von Rydingsvard remarked: “The work is becoming more vulnerable: it’s not as anchored…I want to be able to take greater risks from my own psychological arena.” The risk and vulnerability von Rydingsvard describes are evident in all the works on view. Movement, intensity, and fierceness link the disparate forms together. Two new wall works harness a sense of movement and sentience that evoke a visceral bodily or animal form: Nester seems to scale the wall that anchors it, dramatically arching away and returning in one fluid motion. The second, DWA, is composed of two asymmetrical halves, almost animal-like in its attachment and repulsion to the wall. A third monumental relief sculpture is Oziksien; its cavities begin as shy burrows and end with a palpable ferocity as it encroaches the floor.
Z BOKU, despite having been cast in bronze, is alive with organic undulating curves and appears to stretch toward the skies with extreme longing. The expansive 10-foot-tall sculpture is crowned with delicate and gaping lace perforations, making it one of von Rydingsvard’s most difficult technical feats to date. Also on view is Book with no words, a unique exploration of bookbinding as sculpture. The work is comprised of stressed linen pages lined with thin slices of cedar wood.
In the smaller gallery stands Elegantka II, a cast resin sculpture that glows ominously with interior lights which transform the appearance of its tough exterior into a curiously soft silhouette. Its gray-blue color changes according to the light conditions, harboring an alluring magnetism that draws viewers closer to discover its mysterious material and to feel its full form.