Three installation pieces by Wolfgang Laib are on display at the Sean Kelly Gallery in NYC.
Wolfgang Laib, Frieze of Life (detail), 400 clay pots, white ashes, wooden shelves, 2009.
The wooden shelves that support the four hundred ash filled clay pots in “Frieze of Life” (above) have been situated nearly two-thirds of the way up the walls that enclose the installation. For this most recent work, Laib collected white ashes from various temples approximate to his studio in India. The piece, like much of this artist’s yield does not offer clarity nor division, instead a cyclical singularity has been sought with success.
Wolfgang Laib, Pollen from Hazelnut, 5 jars of hazelnut pollen, 2002.
Twenty-three years have passed since a pollen field has been seen in New York. A great opportunity to engage the senses. The hazelnut pollen was collected by hand and has been sifted onto the floor of the gallery. The shape of the field is that of a window or a door protruding into this reality from an unnoticed realm. This motif along with the use of elemental materials is also conspicuous in the earlier work, “Rice Meals” (below).
Wolfgang Laib, Rice Meals, 12 brass cones, rice, 1988.
Frieze of Life
29 October – 5 December 2009
Sean Kelly Gallery