ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The “Follow the Line” wood sculpture and works on paper installation by Albuquerque artist Emi Ozawa at the Richard Levy Gallery is a wonderful incorporation of impeccably executed technique with dynamically correct lighting in a superb architecturally compatible gallery space.
“Follow the Line” is a 20-piece exhibition that gorgeously combines art history, playfulness, constructivism, minimalism and museum-quality craftsmanship. Ozawa designed this combination of elements to challenge the eye and mind of the viewer.
Her wall sculptures rely on cast shadows from a fixed light source to animate the constructions, which transform from two-dimensional to three-dimensional form as the viewer moves by while witnessing their dissolution and recomposition.
These furniture-quality shadow-dependent built forms are reminiscent of painted steel sculpture by Argentine artist and Rhinehart School of Sculpture Fellow Robert Janz, who painted his abstract compositions to match the outdoor wall color on which they were mounted.