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ESSIE PINSKER ... STONES AND STEEL ... A SEARCH FOR MEANING


David Mann
Director, Bodley Art Gallery
1981, New York City, NY

Essie Pinsker's intensely personal style mirrors modern man's search for meaning. Her sculptures reflect her intense spirituality and deep metaphysical search to reconcile the human with the divine. This conflict between reality and soaring rhythmic silences is best expressed in the strength of her steel "Megalopolis" countered by the lyrical poignancy of her marble "Judas."

The antithesis of minimalism, she states her goal is art as communication. Conceptually abstract, each piece is a uniquely individual vision of her truth, her reality. She never shies away from the absolute, but searches for proof in symbols and metaphors.

Witness the awesome presence of her marble "The Adversary," the power and majesty of "Isaiah," the solemnity of "Tristesse," the dignity of "Prophet," the doubtful playfulness of the stainless steel "Cat's Cradle."

Temperamentally attracted to carving, her prime material is stone with occasional forays into steel and bronze. Pinsker's sensitivity to line within the sculptured form is powerful, strong and poetic.

The mystique of stone, especially in direct carving, and the buried images therein, fire her creative spirit. According to Pinsker, "An abstract line, carved in a block of marble, becomes a direction that takes hold and carries me. As I follow this line, images emerge and take form. This is the moment of truth. The ultimate in letting the creative force take over ... the moment when you become a vehicle for the infinite."

For Pinsker, the search is endless and the moments of truth, fleeting. But the dialogues with stone and steel continue to intrigue.



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