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February 5, 2011

Ursula von Rydingsvard — Artifacts from a time that never was


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."


"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.


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.


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."


Several pieces from the exhibition appear above and below.


The show will be up through March 28, 2011.

More about the artist here.

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