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Caroline Cox, “Tangle Optical”

Sarah Bowen Gallery
2007-05-01

Entering the front gallery at Sarah Bowen is like a plunge into a deep crystal clear lagoon. Knotted and twisted sculptures, recalling exotic aquatic fauna, float at various visual levels, their glassy shimmering tendrils cascading floor ward from ceiling to knee high. Look closely, the jellyfish are fabrications of plastic tubing, monofilament lines in sublet shades of aqua blue, glass spheres and circular stainless steal brackets. These items have been liberated from their previous functions as non-descript industrial products, and ennobled by Cox into new roles as artworks of surprising potency. “Glass Bottom Float”, a floor installation in the back gallery, is a grouping of partially filed cylindrical glass bowls, some holding softball sized crystal balls, and all with round sky blue membranes floating in water. The lensing of light through water and glass creates a convergence of flash-points, reflecting a glimmer of rapture. By her manipulation of unlikely materials Cox continues to makes light an almost palpable element.

—James Kalm
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