Saturday, September 11, 2010

NANCY SANSOM REYNOLDS: the second element: stratus series

the second element: stratus series

September 10 - October 23, 2010

Opening reception
Saturday, September 11, 5 - 7 pm

Addison/Ripley Fine Art presents "the 2nd element: stratus series", new works by Nancy Sansom Reynolds. In her third exhibition at Addison/Ripley, Ms. Sansom Reynolds brings a large body of new sculpture in a broad range of materials: bronze, resin and beeswax as well her now familiar, layered plywood. These sinuous, striated, elegant shapes, often suspended on walls, are at once solid and weightless, capable of taking flight but firmly grounded. It is so appropriate, therefore, that the artist's title, "the 2nd element" refers to air as do her titles which name cloud formations: stratus nebulosus, fibratus, pileus, radiatus and castellanus. Poetic names for ethereal forms.

Much of the artist's inspiration for this show comes from her three recent years in the Southwest desert. Ms. Sansom Reynolds has suggested that her forms reflect the "big sky" of the American Southwest. And she has clearly responded to her new environment with sculptures which are a significant advance from her last body of work. Ever the thoughtful, careful, process involved artist, Ms. Sansom Reynolds attains in this body of work, at once a more refined and effortless appearing group of new sculptures, introducing new colors and more complex forms.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art
1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

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