san francisco art magazine

Marilyn Kuksht

Implied Motion

Evolving Art Gallery
San Francisco, California

August 5th - 30th, 2008

Reviewed by Anastasia Steinberg
Marilyn Kuksht - Soul Matters

"Soul Matters", 17.25" x 16.75" x 6"
© MARILYN KUKSHT

     The beauty of Marilyn Kuksht's sculptures is that she takes a variety of heavy metals and manipulates them into graceful works of art that seem to defy gravity and embrace movement. Kuksht's exhibition, aptly entitled "Implied Motion", can be viewed through August 30th at Evolving Art Gallery, located in the San Francisco Design District's Showplace Square.

      Each sculpture plays with movement, motion, shapes, textures, and color. Kuksht describes her pieces as an exploration of the "interaction of spaces and forms on one another and the changing energies and emotional impacts that result." She is interested in the transitioning of energy through the three dimensions that creates feeling and reaction in the viewer through her control of "balance, flow, tension, negative space, and implied movement." And it works. Through Kuksht's skill, the static heaviness of the materials used is transformed into a balanced composition of weightless and graceful action.

Marilyn Kuksht - Liberty

"Liberty", 64" x 16" x 9"
© MARILYN KUKSHT

      Kuksht utilizes scrap metals, as well as steel, to create her sculptures. Her works vary in size, metal, and organic quality. Some of the sculptures fit on a table top, while others command a wall or room of their own and are Brancuzzi-like in their grace and form.

      Kuksht describes herself as "greedy" for different forms and shapes. Her sculptures range from steel to stainless steel, to fabricated bronze and cast bronze, and her styles range from smooth, sleek, and Asian-inspired to the chunky and organic.

      Many of the works feature spheres that appear light and suspended in mid-air or captured in the midst of flight. The piece entitled "Here and Now" is reminiscent of a spinning top caught mid-whirl, its shining stainless steel wings being the metal of a space ship or plane, while "Time Tumbler" evokes images of planets suspended effortlessly in space.

      The organic quality of some of the pieces is created by the hot process patina. When the metal is being fabricated and welded, Kuksht darkens its hot surface with chemicals applied by brush, sponge, or spray. The artist describes the sizzling surface as "hot enough to fry an egg on it." The result on some of the pieces is as explosive as a sunset--packed with red, rose, and purple--or, in the case of "Zeus", the look of a lightning bolt made of lapis.

      This is the first sculpture exhibition hosted by Evolving Art Gallery. Though Kuksht has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, Kuksht first came to the attention of gallery director and curator Sandra Lee when Kuksht participated in Open Studios at her Hunter's Point atelier.

-- Anastasia Steinberg
Anastasia Steinberg is a pet portrait painter and shoe artist.


For more information about Marilyn Kuksht visit:
kuksht.com

For more information about Evolving Art Gallery go to:
evolvingartgallery.com


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