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Image of:
18. John Newman, relief with curved wall, 2002 and
15. Hermine Ford, untitled (06-#2), 2006
18. John Newman,
relief with curved wall, 2002
laminated wood with charcoal and chalk, steel wire, steel balls, Japanese paper, papier mache, foam, plaster, wood, wood putty, armature wire, acquaresin with graphite, oil paint and gold leaf
17 x 11 x 10
15. Hermine Ford,
untitled (06-#2), 2006
ink, oil on linen on birch plywood 49 1/2 x 23
Itís here, in this global range of sources, that one begins to discover the striking similarities between Newman and Ford. The trans-cultural aspects of Newmanís sculptures parallel Fordís bringing together Italian mosaics and Pygmy drawings, alongside her more spontaneous patterns. Spending part of the year in Rome, Ford, who also has studios in New York and Cape Breton, has become ever more aware of how cultures emerge from a process of continual recycling. One of the many subtexts in her rich, archeologically-inflected abstractions is the influence of Africa on ancient Rome.
The affirmation by both Ford and Newman of the hybrid character of culture is, simultaneously, a rejection of the fictions of purity and isolation. Their cultural inclusiveness is also of a piece with how they organize their works: as self-generating, radically disparate, joyously non-monolithic experiments in sheer form

RAPHAEL RUBINSTEIN
NEW YORK 2006


Raphael Rubinstein is a poet and art critic based in New York. He is a senior editor at Art in America and is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA in Art Criticism and Writing Program. His books include The Basement of the Cafť Rilke, Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 and the recently published anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of Their Practice (all published by Hard Press Editions).
Image of:
1. Hermine Ford, untitled, 2006 and
2. John Newman, hovering with red velvet, 1998
1. Hermine Ford,
untitled, 2006
ink, gouache, watercolor color pencil and graphite on paper 22 x 30
2. John Newman, hovering with red velvet, 1998
palladium leave on epoxy coated Japanese paper, papier mache, foam, plaster, wood, wood putty, armature wire, acqua resin, stainless steel, steel, red velvet
24 x 6 x 21
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20. John Newman, crushed and weighted - down turn, 2005 and
21. Hermine Ford, untitled, 1996
22. Hermine Ford, untitled, 1996
20. John Newman, crushed and weighted - down turn, 2005
carved and polished black marquina marble, sterolithographic pattern produced of high-impact polystyrene with palladium leaf and stove-blacking, paper, tape 24 x 16 x 14 1/2
21. Hermine Ford, untitled, 1996 charcoal on paper
19 3/4 x 14
22. Hermine Ford, untitled, 1996 charcoal and oil on paper
14 1/2 x 21

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