03 Aug 2017

Soo Sunny Park: BioLath

Currier Museum of Art

Reviewed by Franklin Einspruch

Soo Sunny Park has formed sheets of metal lath, the kind used for plastering, into amoebic shapes the width of outstretched arms. Their ribs are strips of translucent plastic. Lights set upon the floor are connected to tracks and motors, causing them to move back and forth, unhurried, as they project upwards, casting shadows on the walls and ceiling of the Currier's Putnam Gallery.

The shadows of lath and luminous lines of filtered color float across one another, combining and recombining, cloudlike. The effect is akin to Brice Marden's engagingly stoic Cold Mountain paintings, updated as installation, and animated. The forms themselves refuse to coalesce entirely as sculpture, though. Daylight gets into the room, combines with the light from the floor, and robs the steel billows of dimensionality. Could the windows have been blackened, perhaps?

Nevertheless there is life in the room, artificial patterns and tints drifting pleasantly overhead like mechanical weather.

Exhibition Soo Sunny Park: BioLath link
Start date 25 Feb 2017
End date 06 Aug 2017 (51 days ago)
Presenter Currier Museum of Art link
Venue 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH, USA map
Image Soo Sunny Park, BioLath, 2017, metal lath, plexiglass, light, dimensions variable, photograph by Stewart Clements, courtesy of the Currier Museum of Art
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