Pam Lins


January 4 - February 8, 2009

Press Release

Rachel Uffner Gallery is pleased to present a show of new sculptures by Pam Lins. In the gallery, Lins will present a series of works all made using a distinct sculptural template: a vertical plywood pedestal with one striped side, a sunken corner with or without a plaster owl, and a painting on top.
Seeking to investigate some of the bedrock assumptions of sculpture itself, Linsʼs work still retains a fundamental physical immediacy. The essential inability to view sculpture from all sides at once is stressed in these multifaceted works, as are the cumulative cognitive and retinal effects produced by the viewerʼs movement from one sculpture to the next. The works begin by employing the basic sculptural predicament of pedestal and base, only to rapidly veer off-course into an amalgamation of genres, formal punch lines, and an optical, vibrating used of color and pattern. In choosing to put paintings in the work, Lins investigates sculpture itself, through the disruption of paintingʼs pictorial, historical and spatial position. Her non-hierarchical objects reassert the democracy of their various components, and emphasize the holistic aspects of the viewing experience that these liminal sculptures evoke en masse.


Linsʼs owls are modeled after one that is carved into an external wall of the medieval Notre Dame church in Dijon that the artist considers a perfect public sculpture: the owl is rubbed for good luck by passerby in a future-oriented, collectively witnessed ritual.

The sculpturesʼ stripe scheme not only invokes familiar patterns of the popular imagination, such as those on Barack Obamaʼs ties or 1970ʼs Hang Ten shirts, but also the headily disorienting reaction often experienced when facing the canvases of artists such as Bridget Riley or Kenneth Noland. The category of painting is examined more generally in the wood panels on top of the pedestals: straddling the line between abstraction and representation, they offer painting as both an object within sculpture as well as a discrete project central to the artistʼs studio practice. Ultimately, Linsʼs work is both imperialist and generous – voraciously consuming much that is outside it, only to offer the multifarious results as situations to be explored by the viewer.
Pam Lins has shown her work in many diverse venues. She was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  
Rachel Uffner Gallery represents the artists Josh Blackwell, Barb Choit, Hilary Harnischfeger, Pam Lins, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and Roger White. Please call 212-2740064 or email for more information.   

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Tyler Coburn on Pam Lins for ArtReview
April 2009

Review of Pam Lins' Show "Owl" in ArtForum
March 2009

Pam Lins featured in The New Yorker
February 2, 2009

Time Out New York's review of Pam Lins' "Owl"
January 2009

Pam Lins featured in Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 2009