Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.
Mia Westerlund Roosen
The sculptures of Mia Westerlund Roosen (b. 1942) have always addressed the conventions of minimal and post-minimal sculpture. She has used related practices, such as large scale, reductive form, serial repetition, and an emphasis on process, to assert her own goals for her work. Her sculptures are handmade, not machined, and tend towards the organic rather than the geometric, anecdotal rather than universal. For much of the last decade, Mia Westerlund Roosen has emphasized a relationship between objects and the spaces they occupy, making the sculptures inseparable from the ground (outdoors in the landscape) and from the wall (indoors in the gallery).
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The two large sculptures in the current exhibition, Fagin and Parts and Pleasures, are made from modified concrete, formed quite freely without internal structural elements and finished by hand. The resulting surfaces are smooth but gritty, with a matte, open porosity which gives the sculptures a soft and luminous quality. By combining elements of varying shapes and sizes, Mia Westerlund Roosen reorganizes the rhythms of serial repetition in works that have long, slow passages and short pauses. They suggest both organic systems and mechanical contraptions, and have both intimate detail and a commanding physical presence. The exhibition will also include several related drawings on vellum and a smaller new sculpture, Dowager.
This is Mia Westerlund Roosen's fifth exhibition at Lennon, Weinberg since 1991. During the last decade, she has also had exhibitions at the Sculpture Center and at the Storm King Art Center in upstate New York. She also shows regularly at the Shoshona Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1996. Her works are included in many museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum, the Neuberger Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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