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"Urban Designs"

Eyewash @ Gallery Boreas
2006-03-01

Linda Ganjian’s latest sculpture, nearly two years in the making, is a spectacular vision drawn out of Long Island City’s sprawling, industrial landscape. Ganjian’s cityscape, LIC, suggests familiar elements of the terrain; twisting highways, snaking trains, rising smokestacks, and steaming turbines composed in a dizzying array of abstract motifs hand-cast in brightly hued Plasticine. The colorful, soft-edged dream-like city slowly rises to a central, manic pinnacle with the topography of an Oriental carpet. The ornate, almost two-dimensional border grows in complexity as parks, trees, and train-tracks lead into the asymmetrical scaffolding of passageways and signs at the center. The obvious formal associations with confection and ornament are tempered, perhaps even subverted by the organic growth of the sculpture. It continuously breaks out the grid multi-dimensionally as the spiraling forms rise up from melancholy blue surface. The sculpture is accompanied by several colorful, delicate linear drawings that inform its’ shifting motifs, but are rendered with a coolly mechanical touch. They seem like one of the lenses through which Ganjian carefully extends the industrial space of Long Island City into a very human one of emotion, aesthetics, and metaphysics. Looking down from above, one could easily imagine falling into the fantastic city below.

—William Powhida
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