Ad Reinhardt allegedly once said, "Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting." But what happens when the thing on the wall you’ve backed up to look at turns out to be sculpturetoo? In Ann Weber’s current show, her elegantly organic forms have, for the most part, moved from the floor to the walls of the gallery–asserting their equal right to be the focus of attention in a painting-crazy world.
Weber’s freestanding works often come in pairs or small groups, implying relationships—whether born of phylum or of affection, we must decide for ourselves. The two works from her ongoing Personages series included here both seem to suggest the existence of psychic as well as physical relationships between the two elements in each piece. The triple curves of Personages (Perfect Fit) — swelling on one form where the other pinches in to a slender stem, their silhouettes matching perfectly—suggest a kind of wistful ideal. If only people, nations or ideologies could fit together as perfectly as these two forms the world would be a different place.