Polly Apfelbaum

I will soon add an interview with Polly Apfelbaum to the Publications page—actually a conversation between her and artist Kelly Jazvac. I very much admire this piece

Polly Apfelbaum, Not in any way shape or form 2009

Polly Apfelbaum, Not in any way shape or form 2009

for its negative areas, the way that they flow together and make chains of shapes. It departs from the architectural grid very nicely. Also attractive is that many of the edges are not straight. Neither of these features are unusual for Apfelbaum, but in this case the fact that she apparently started out with rectangles of fabric, and that their presence is still felt, makes a very interesting piece. Grounds and figures are active together—the fabric pieces can also read as ground, and that makes the negatives pop out. And the photo suggests some spatial effects as well—some of the planes seem to fold. Worth pondering. The short book length conversation with Apfelbaum will likely be ready the first week of April.

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