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The Donald Young Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new sculpture by Andrew Lord.

In the main gallery is a group of six white plaster and beeswax forms. Inspired by Frank O'Hara's Second Avenue, each piece relates to a separate stanza from the poem. The shapes in this series stem from a vocabulary of forms from which Lord has worked for a number of years. With this body of work, Lord further abstracts the forms into slender and elongated objects. The texture of the cast plaster reveals the materiality and process of their making. Lord painted the plaster with a mixture of white beeswax and turpentine under which the remnants of a clay wash are visible. The beeswax breathes life into the work through the luminosity and depth of the material and creates a surface that is at the same time both cloudy and radiant.

In a second space are a series of plaster and beeswax casts from segments of the artist's body which hang on nails from roughly twisted wire. The generous application of the yellow wax abstracts and almost obliterates the underlying plaster forms. In most cases only the title, such as cast neck. the Bowery. March., sheds light on the origin of the sculptural form. As with the Second Avenue series, the wax adds an organic quality to the surface with great depth and light. Walt Whitman's poem I Sing the Body Electric was an inspiration for this work.

Andrew Lord lives and works in New York and this marks his second solo exhibition at the gallery. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands and Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Zurich. His work is in numerous public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

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Andrew Lord