Plus Ultra Gallery is very pleased to present A Series of ‘Nows’, our first solo exhibition by New York sculptor Thomas Lendvai. In a new site-specific installation, Lendvai transforms Plus Ultra with a series of unpainted joists, spaced at the construction standard of 16” on center. The exposed wooden beams descend through the space at an angle, as if another building had come crashing through the gallery. Taking Lendvai’s earlier explorations of intersecting planes to their most extreme conclusion, this untitled piece blends cubist notions of time and space with an understated theatricality.
Referencing the notion that there is no perceptible past or present, only a series of “nows,” Lendvai’s installation, although obviously constructed right out of the walls with heavy-duty timber, gives viewers the impression that should they come back five minutes later it will be in a different position. This sense of movement is enhanced by the way that the installation is subtlety activated by the viewerâ€”each vantage point changes the relationships of the beams to the floor and walls (near the front of the gallery the beams are well above the viewer’s head, near the back one must enter the work to stand up fully)â€”heightening the expectation of what part of the “other building” one might see next.