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Jaume Plensa “Silence” (Review)

Jaume Plensa is a Spanish sculptor represented in New York by Galerie Lelong. His themes are spirituality, the body, and collective memory.

Jaume Plensa “Silence” is at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea February 2 – March 11, 2017. The opening reception is Thursday, February 2 from 6-8pm.

Plensa’s simple figures are surprisingly powerful in person. The heads in “Silence” are elongated as if seen in a dream-state. You want to touch them intimately. Plensa has extended his dreams into two-dimensional drawings on the gallery walls. The inclusion of his wood pillar source material in the horizontal perhaps asks and answers the timely question, “How did we get here?”

About Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1955. He continues to work there. Like his countryman Manolo Valdés, Plensa works primarily in monumental sculpture.

Plensa’s body of work is dominated by human heads and figures in meditation.

His heads are reminiscent of the sleeping Buddhas of Asia, the four-faced heads of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Olmec heads of México, and the figures on Easter island.

Plensa’s sculptures of bodies tend to be frames of open silhouettes that allude to the internal complexity of the human condition. They are contemplative like Rodin’s “The Thinker,” but far more ethereal. The designs of his figures recall the aural light of chakra energy and the chi lines of Chinese acupuncture literature.

Jaume Plensa’s simple human forms inspire complex thought.

The artist has public installations around the world and has exhibited at prestigious global institutions.

Image courtesy of Galerie Lelong.

For more information, visit the artist’s web site www.JaumePlensa.com, or his New York gallery www.GalerieLelong.com

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