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Lida Boonstra
Contemporary Perspectives
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • Mice
Molded Tin on Wood
25" x 27.5" x 3" 

    Mice

    Molded Tin on Wood
    25" x 27.5" x 3"
  • Hare
Unicum in Steel
25.5" x 22" x 11" 

    Hare

    Unicum in Steel
    25.5" x 22" x 11"
  • Goat
Unicum in Steel
13.5" x 15.5" x 8.5" 

    Goat

    Unicum in Steel
    13.5" x 15.5" x 8.5"
  • Goose
Unicum in Steel
13" x 5.5" x 14" 

    Goose

    Unicum in Steel
    13" x 5.5" x 14"
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Lida Boonstra

LIDA BOONSTRA

Contemporary Perspectives
January 19 – February 9, 2016
Reception: Thursday, January 21, 2016 6-8 PM

Dutch artist Lida Boonstra is an impressionistic sculptor dedicated to the use of steel as a sculpting medium. Her works tackle a wide range of subject matter, but are characterized by the minimalism demanded by her medium and the array of emotional content they display. In a take on the traditional bust form, Boonstra has presented her wildlife “trophies” as a means of humanizing animals and exploring the universality of emotion. Through the juxtaposition of characterization and the natural beauty of her subjects, the viewer is treated to a special depth of soul.

Using only sheets of steel, Boonstra instills a depth and fluidity which defies the rigid, homogeneous nature of her medium. By tempering the metal with applied heat, she produces colors and lusters that remind the viewer that man-made sculptures can resonate just as soundly as organic constructs. Boonstra additionally leaves the marks of her artistic processes as key details, the same way that a painter might work with painterly brushstrokes. This attention to even the smallest details produces a defined aesthetic that is both familiar and modern.

     



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