Untitled 1991

Sculpture features a circular mass of rusted iron wire bisected with bent iron rods.

Frida Baranek, Untitled, 1991; Museum purchase: The Lois Pollard Price Acquisition Fund

Frida Baranek’s untitled sculpture looks as if it were assembled from lightweight natural materials that might tumble off the pedestal if set in motion by a gust of wind. However, it is actually made of iron wire and rods and weighs about 90 pounds.

The work’s dense central form is a circular mass of rusted iron wire. It is bisected with bent iron rods. The interweaving of wire and rods gives the sculpture a linear quality, as if it were a drawing in space.

This illusion of weightlessness and use of line to define space characterize Baranek’s work. So, too, does her interest in using her art to comment on environmental issues in her native Brazil and globally.

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