Valérie Blass, Katinka Bock, Esther Kläs, Allyson Vieira
MetroTech Center | MetroTech Commons
Configurations brings together new and recent works by four artists who share a concern with one of the essential questions of sculpture: what happens when we walk around an object. They explore the nature of this experience in relation to the body—our own, as viewers, as well as those implied in the form and scale of the works on view. Slouching, standing tall, bent, or leaning, these freestanding objects suggest a human dimension that resonates in our experience of the work.
Each artist’s body is important to her process as a sculptor. Limbs, hands, and reach establish a set of limitations and opportunities that often function as a guiding principle in the studio. Taking an inventive and tactile approach to material and technique, their creative processes are both practical and intuitive. Improvisation and experimentation yield distinctive surfaces and textures that invite our touch. Forms inhabit the landscape in human configurations – huddled together or standing alone. As we move around these physically engaging works, we participate in a dialogue between the object and its surrounding environment.
Configurations: Valérie Blass, Katinka Bock, Esther Kläs, Allyson Vieira at MetroTech Center is part of an ongoing program organized by the
Public Art Fund, and sponsored by MetroTech Commons Associates and MetroTech companies including Forest City Ratner Companies,
JPMorganChase, National Grid, WellChoice, and Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Special thanks to Forest City Ratner Companies
and First New York Partners.
Support for Valerie Blass’s Orca Gladiator, Sculpture Bidon, and Meuble Mécanique from Parisian Laundry. Support for Esther Klas’s Gelift (RGB)
from Peter Blum Gallery. Assistance provided by Galerie Jocelyn Wolf, Meyer Reigger, and Laurel Gitlen.