Their forms can look as softly languid as flowers or even jellyfish, but were crafted out of the hardest of metals. Created in an age when automation makes many things happen instantly, these objects were slowly forged with centuries-old techniques in a blacksmith shop while subjected to heat that often exceeded 2000 degrees. Even their appearance flaunts contradictory ideas about time, somehow melding 19th century art nouveau flourishes with futuristic science fiction overtones. And if the contrasts built into this Sitting Prone expo of Rachel David's steel and wrought iron metal sculptures seem endless, that only adds to their mystique. At a time when much of the world--including the global art world--can appear dessicated and demystified, her enigmatic objects radiate an almost alchemical presence. Yet, for all that, they are the mental offspring of an artist best known for useful objects like tables, lamps and candelabras as well as architectural elements like the serpentine gates at the Bywater Art Lofts and Sculpture Garden. Shifting from practical crafts to otherworldly sculptures should be quite challenging, but David's approach makes for a seamless transition.
Sitting Prone: New Metal Sculptures by Rachel David, through Sept. 7, Barrister's Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Ave, 710-4506
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