Lynda Benglis Basks in the Light of Her Art

Lynda Benglis, “Yellow Tail” (2020), Everdur bronze (golden), 53 x 96 x 74 inches, edition of 6 (all images © Lynda Benglis/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; courtesy the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo, all photos Josh Schaedel)

LOS ANGELES — In Lynda Benglis’s latest exhibition, Excavation at Blum & Poe, the sensuality of her sculptures is as seductive as ever, but the forces of gravity that defined her seminal poured latex and polyurethane pieces are traded for lightness. The large bronze sculptures, accompanied by a room of small ceramics, are spiral bursts that further the artist’s inquiry into the “gestural and the knot” as they investigate negative and positive space. This explanation conveys the formal concerns but not the energy of the works, and the sense of ecstatic motion that they capture.

The large sculptures result from a process of 3D scanning the small ones, creating foam models, and then casting the bronze using the lost-wax method.

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