Arlene Shechet - Some Truths
Text by Phong Bui
Originally published in the Brooklyn Rail, May, 2018
27 x 21 cm - 10 5/8 x 8 1/4 in
English / French
Almine Rech Editions
This catalogue resumes and makes a detailed portrait of Arlene Shechet's exhibition ‘Some Truths’ at Almine Rech, the first solo exhibition in Paris by the American artist.
Arlene Shechet’s sculptures capture an uncanny combination of the raw and the refined. By inhabiting the intermediate area between subject and object, figuration and abstraction, color and form, and humor and pathos, she seeks to address both the power and vulnerability of what it is like to be embodied and alive. Extremes of balance and precariousness exist within a single work, in which disparate materials are stacked, inlayed, woven or folded together. Employing a rich constellation of materials, her palpable objects include wild juxtapositions of materials and sensibilities. Shechet is well known as a brilliant ceramicist but in these latest works she uses her ceramic vocabulary to generate forms in companion materials as well. In this, her first solo exhibition in Paris, Shechet feels the weight of history.