In Brief: Lydia Rosenberg’s [Of Filling] [Of Forming] at PNCA
Impedances, suggestions, invitations, refusals, Lydia Rosenberg’s [Of Filling] [Of Forming] at PNCA, uses a handful of minimalist sculptural gestures primarily of modest materials with a devil-may-care aesthetic to guide viewers, eye and body, through a space. If a normal route in an exhibition hugs the walls, either facing the wall, looking at wall-hung work or around a central installation, Rosenberg’s low curved steel wall, head high drape of white vinyl force other routes while a descending blue vinyl panel in an angled hall off the space makes one feel like falling in. Rosenberg has been thinking about punctuation as it might manifest in physical form, something that brings one up short, emphasizes, concludes. Like the punctuation suggested by two tall “columns” of stacked slabs of yellow foam that suggest passageway though they flank wall, I say, “!”. If the yellow foam feels too familiar in the age of the unmonumental, no matter, I’ll be looking forward to seeing how Rosenberg pursues this line of thought.