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Dialogue: Eric Fertman and Nick Hornby at 125 Maiden Lane

I write often of the modern masterpieces that adorn the lobbies of New York. Since 2003, the Time Equities Art-in-Buildings has continued to sustain this fantastic sharing of contemporary art, most recently at 125 Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan. Curated by Jennie Lamensdorf, Dialogue: Eric Fertman and Nick Hornby creates a conversation about the history of art, evolution of materials and abstraction between New York (Fertman) and London (Hornby)


Nick Hornby, The Present is Just a Point

To develop The Present Is Just a Point, Hornby extruded Michelangelo’s David into a single point. Although he employs computer modeling to design his work, Hornby hand casts the resulting sculpture by traditional methods in a mixture of 150-micron ground Carrera marble dust and nautical resin. Carrera marble tethers Hornby’s work to Michelangelo and nautical resin, used for the hulls of super yachts, pulls the work into the present and evokes Hornby’s poetic title. The marble boulder Hornby nestled against the point supports the sculpture’s delicate balance while referring to the split tree trunk that hugs David’s right calf. David’sbuttress is also a Renaissance emulation of an ancient Roman practice. Roman marble copies of ancient Greek bronzes required support because marble, though less expensive, cannot support weight as effectively as Bronze. The boulder grounds The Present Is Just a Point in an art historical lineage and is a winking reference to the canonization of an ancient Roman design flaw.

Nick Hornby, The Present Is Just a Point, marble resin composite, 2013, courtesy Churner and Churner, NY


Eric Fertman, Sally
Fertman’s semi-abstract, hand-carved wooden sculptures are relatable in their slightly awkward human nature. Sally, a new work created specifically for this exhibition, actively brings Hornby’s work into conversation. Sally stands erect and balanced, recalling David’siconic contrapposto stance. Horse hair falls down the front, softening the precise lines and furthering the temptation to anthropomorphize the abstract sculpture.  This work also reveals Fertman’s desire to elevate mundane forms through thoughtful and clever combinations. Fertman deploys a stepped element in different sizes and alignments to create the base, core, and top of the sculpture. The elements, when flipped upside down or held on their side, cease to be rectangular steps; they morph into inverted triangles, alluding to the dynamic balancing act of The Present Is Just a Point. The humor imbued in all of Fertman’s work is not to be missed while mining the levels of references. Sally is a sculpture with presence and attitude.

Eric Fertman, Sally, Oak, Ash, Plywood, Stain, Stainless steel, Horse hair, 2013, courtesy the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NY.

Images ©Cary Whittier

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