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DIMENSIONS: works by Sterling Bowen
October 9 @ 9:00 am - December 21 @ 6:00 pm
Now showing in the Great Hall: Dimensions by Sterling Bowing
Dimension is a noun meaning “a measurable extent of some kind.” The contrast between the physical dimensions of the cubes is the source of much of each piece’s dynamism. Dimension also has another meaning- “an aspect or feature of a situation”- which, again, references attention towards the visual character or a thing.
For many of us “dimension” also refers to a time (an element of Sterling’s work as the sculptures are temporary) and space (which they physically occupy). The process for making this installation relied on reacting to the cubes themselves and to (the dimensions of!) a particular space.
The cube assemblages-which are not attached permanently to each other or the wall-foreground gravity and light in a way the paintings cannot. Sterling treats the cubes as proxies for brushstrokes as he spontaneously assembles them into temporary compositions that are never repeated.