16 October 2005 15:22 PM
Working primarily in carrara marble, Angela Freiberger sculpts pristine, luminous forms that counter the modernist refusal of the body. Where Edward Weston’s classic photographs turned the female body into iconic, impersonal sculpture, Freiberger pulls human veins and imprints from cold stone and simple shapes. Her most recent work, completed in 2004, is a series of marble urinals in which the artist has inscribed soft fragments of her own body—a breast, a hand, a spine, ribs, buttocks—as if the cold, hard stone were a material malleable enough to retain the impression of warm flesh. Unexpected pairings of parts within a single work, as in “Urinal with Lungs and Ears,” articulate surprising echoes between otherwise unassociated body parts.