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U.S. TEXAS. New installation by Joel Shapiro at Rice University Art Gallery
10/02/2012 15:03:26

 Rice University Art Gallery presents a new installation by celebrated American sculptor Joel Shapiro (New York, 1941), which will be on view through March 18, 2012. In a gravity-defying array of color and form, Shapiro suspends wooden planks, vibrantly painted with supersaturated pigment, from the gallery’s sixteen-foot ceiling The individual elements are physically tied to the surrounding architecture, yet seem completely free from it as they float and twist in a state of suspended animation. The configuration is at once formally rigorous and utterly spontaneous, as color and form appear to simultaneously implode and explode from the center of the gallery space.

Known for his geometric, abstract sculptures that appear to bound across museum walls, floors, and sculpture gardens, Shapiro has embarked on an entirely new body of work, creating room-sized installations of colorful shapes and lines that seem to hover in suspended animation. Shapiro describes his approach to installation art as “the projection of thought into space without the constraint of architecture.”

For more information, visit ricegallery.org

Image:  Joel Shapiro, New Installation, 2012. Commission, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas. Photo: Nash Baker © nashbaker.com

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