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February 5, 2011

Ursula von Rydingsvard — Artifacts from a time that never was

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Ken Johnson in his January 27, 2011 New York Times review of a new show featuring 10 works by Ursula von Rydingsvard wrote, "The huge, semiabstract woodworks impressively sampled in 'Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009' at SculptureCenter look as if they had been made by Druids oriented to endless cycles of nature."

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"Ms. von Rydingsvard's most compelling constructions are mysterious and singular. Installed by itself in a square room that it almost completely fills, 'Ocean Floor' [top] is a knockout.

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A giant, graphite-darkened wood bowl 13 feet in diameter, it might have been unearthed by archaeologists from a site where colossal ogres once lived. This haunting object has a strangely suggestive series of twin pods connected by arching tubes around the outside of its waist-high rim.

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Made of stuffed cow intestines, their gonadal shapes hint at a possible fertility cult, and the whole piece evokes a time immemorial — a time out of time — long before (or after) the bells and whistles of industrial civilization came along."

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Several pieces from the exhibition appear above and below.

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The show will be up through March 28, 2011.

More about the artist here.

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