The 48 pieces of wire sculpture & graphic works on paper were joined by a slew of photos of the artist at work at home, taken by her friend Imogen Cunningham, along with a number of pieces designed by others, like her wedding ring made by colleague Mary Joe Slick to a design by architect Buckminster Fuller who, along with Josef & Anni Albers were her mentors at the intense but short-lived, N.Carolina, Black Mountain College.
Volumes are expressed by lines; solids made diaphanous. Lyrical, abstract, & meticulously crafted, the forms on show surprisingly were inspired by the very mundane: “My curiosity was aroused by the idea of giving structural form to the images in my drawings. These…came from observing plants, the spiral of a shell of a snail, seeing light through transparant insect wings, spiders weaving webs in the early morning, and droplets of water suspended from the tips of pine needles while watering my garden”. – Asawa
If ever such fleeting & vaporous sights could be captured with their illusory qualities intact, Asawa’s work has achieved it.
On view through May 31 at 1230 Sixth Avenue.