Following on from Polka Dots at David Zwirner’s London location, this second iteration of the show marks Carol Bove’s (b.1971) first presence at the gallery’s adjacent spaces in Chelsea, New York. Recognised for her assemblages that combine found and made elements, this latest series of sculptures signals a departure within the artist’s practice.
Described as ‘collage sculptures’, these abstract pieces merge various types of sculptural processes from her earlier works with references to art historical precedents. Featuring three different kinds of steel – all crushed and shaped at her studio – the pieces boast a combination of found scrap metals and highly polished discs, which are subsequently fully or partially painted using a palette of bright colours.
Despite their heavy materiality, the works appear lightweight, flexible, and improvisational. Each sculpture’s alternating and diverse surface creates an intricate play of textures: the painted steel resembles clay or fabric, whilst the overall forms evoke complex references that go beyond their stylistic appearances. Many of the abstract and contorted shapes apparent throughout the show call-to-mind Anthony Caro’s bolted and welded forms, John Chamberlain’s crushed sculptures, Mark di Suvero’s abstract expressionist configurations, and Louise Nevelson’s accumulated assemblages.
The presentation is accompanied by a catalogue designed by Joseph Logan in close collaboration with the artist. Published by David Zwirner Books, it features an essay by Johanna Burton and photography by Andreas Laszlo Konrath.
Carol Bove, Polka Dots, 5 November – 17 December, David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, Chelsea, New York.
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1. Carol Bove, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner.