Larry Kagan “Steel and Shadow”

Hirschl & Adler

poster for Larry Kagan “Steel and Shadow”

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The artist’s process could be described paradoxically as both additive and reductive. Kagan attempts to “draw with light” by bending, twisting and welding steel rods benea th a single beam of light. The completed sculpture is an elaborate tangle of metal with lyrical swoops and flourishes that manage to “carve” the light with remarkable subtlety and control. The resulting shadow is so incongruous with the three - dimensional o bject as to elicit double takes from the viewer. The works upend everything we think we know about light and shadow, cause and effect, perception and reality.

Kagan’s subjects switch effortlessly from whimsical art historical references like the simple pi pe in Magritte’s Paradox and a Warhol - like fashion sense in Oxford , to the pointed existentialism of Chair with Shadow and militaristic reportage in Apache. Each instance is a carefully “drawn,” nuanced image with broad tonal range, hard and soft edges, th e illusion of volume and spatial recession. His recent works explore the figure by capturing expressive gestures and poses. There’s an emotional resonance and depth that seems inconceivable in this medium.



from September 11, 2014 to October 11, 2014

Reception For The Artist on 2014-09-18 from 17:30 to 19:30


Larry Kagan

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