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Natural Forms
Sculpture, Prints, Drawings

March 17 through April 28, 2007

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 17 - 2 to 5pm

RUTH ASAWA, Untitled (Two Interlocking Layers with Fluted Edges)

Asawa’s unique voice is expressed in her elegant tied-wire sculptures.  Airy and sensuously curved globes, baskets and lacy forms employ walls and ceilings, capturing space, light and a vista that encompass the environment.  Asawa often creates “forms within forms”  - as in Untitled (Hanging Miniature Seven-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form).  These complex arrangements of wire threads invite the viewer’s exploration.  Echoes of these forms can be seen in Asawa’s “Desert Flower” lithographs that were created at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in the 1960s.  She translates the delicate, woven forms of her three-dimensional sculpture onto the sheet.

In contrast, her cast bronze sculptures are of the earth, relating to foliage and flower forms.  Similar dense, flowing forms are apparent in Asawa’s sumi ink “Plane Trees” created in the 1950s and 1960s and lithographs created on stone at Tamarind.    In Untitled (Free Standing Form Based on Nature) of 1998, the organic form seems to build up to create a blossoming in bronze.  The drawings and lithographs relate to Asawa’s work in casting bronze, providing another link between her two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds.  

Whether in wire or bronze, ink or on the stone, Asawa’s affinity for natural forms is revealed.

RUTH ASAWA, Untitled (Hanging Single-Lobed Five Layered Continuous Form within a Form)
RUTH ASAWA, Desert Flower
RUTH ASAWA, Lotus (Parrots Beak) 48th Anniversary from Lora Nambu
RUTH ASAWA, Untitled (Hanging Miniature Seven-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form)
RUTH ASAWA, Untitled (Free Standing Form Based on Nature)
RUTH ASAWA, Plane Tree #5
RUTH ASAWA, Adam's Rannunculus
RUTH ASAWA, Untitled (Hanging Miniature Single-Lobed Three Layered Continuous Form within a Form)
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