Oct 26, 2011

REVIEW | Reciprocal : Hana Hillerova, Susie Rosmarin & William Lamson San Marcos

Spectrum # 10, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 66in x 66in
This gallery show is the only show that Texas State University has had since I have been here that I have really been excited about. All of the work in this show by Rosmarin, Hillerova and Lamson deal with line and how those lines play with each other in their environment. These artists work are inherently diiferent, Rosmarin works in hard-edged paintings, Hillerova works in linear sculptures, and Lamson works in performance and video but all of their works play off each other so well and the show is beautifully presented.

Untitled(Angel Crystal), 2008, iron and mirror

The first thing you notice when you walk in to this space are these big beautiful linear sculptures laid out around the room. The one shown above is the only one covered in mirror which I am slightly disappointed about since the reflected light off the piece adds a glorious third dimension to the work and can be seen from all of the walls in the gallery. I would have loved to see this light envelope the room in an attempt to create it's own world, but nonetheless the sculptures wonderfully draw your eye around the room leading to the many paintings hung on the wall by Rosmarin.

The first picture shown at the top is of one of Rosmarin's spectrum paintings. This work shows a very meticulous interest in mathematics. Every line is precise and seems to be planned and thought out in order to make the viewers eyes perceive colors and tones that aren't there. The painting is big which I think was also a wise choice as it seems to fit and look over the rest of the works in the room. It is hard to view these works separate in this exhibition, and in my thought it is best not to. Walking through the space and letting your eyes wander and move through Hillerovas sculptures; it's kind of like walking through a forest.

A Line Describing the Sun, 2010, 13:35 minute two channel video
 The forest continues over to the gallery next door that is showing Lamson's A Line Describing the Sun videos. The room is completely lite by the videos alone and the set up requires the viewer to walk around a wall to see the video offering a mysterious feel as you can hear the video and are unsure of what is playing. The video offers a brilliant transition from the sculptures and paintings in the previous room. Lamson is also working with line in his work although he is making lines naturally. In his video he is using a contraption with a mirror and glass to physically burn a line on the floor of a desert.
#410 Yellow-Green, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 20in x 20in
This exhibition really functions as it's own space and my favorite part has been walking through the space, siting in a corner and looking around. Looking through the sculptures, seeing all the reflective light and shadows given off by them and having my brain picked by Op-art works like Rosmarins Yellow-Green painting which give off after images, as well as Rosmarin's Gray #3 which looks like pieces of gray tubing placed next to each other even though it is a flat painting.

Focusing on layout and presentation I wish that there was more work. More mirror sculptures would really activate the rest of the space and some more line artists would have helped to fill the walls. Gallery 2 consists of only 2 videos and seems lacking in content though it also seems like it would be difficult to show more there. The empty spaces on the walls bug me and seem like they could use some attention. For a gallery exhibition the space is fairly empty which may have been alleviated with more mirror sculptures and some people may like the effect but at least for me it is a let down for a highly anticipated show.

To end on a better note I would like to say that the paintings, sculptures and videos play very well off of each other and the show was presented beautifully. Hillerova's sculptures not only fill the space but also make the floor part of the work as well with their lovely shadows while Rosmarin's paintings mimic those shadows on the walls to offer the viewer a nice juxtaposition of art forms.

- Josh Seaton 


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