Anna Kristensen, Lattice, 2020, oil and acrylic on linen, 96.50 x 68.50 x 2.50 cm, TCG22219
(photo: Yanni Kronenberg) private collection, Sydney


The wrought-iron window grate depicted in Lattice is hit so fiercely by the Miami sun that its shadow seems extruded from the iron itself, doubling the sculpted form into a basketlike volume, half solid, half shadow. Although we can’t see the sky, the grate betrays the location of the sun like a timepiece, just like the pole in Badlands. But this is a fully urban landscape, a parking lot behind the Wolfsonian Museum in South Beach. Oil-stained concrete sidewalks and the trowel-worked surface of the white-hot stucco wall take the shadows like ink on blotter paper, but the shadows also re-absorb the bouncing tropical light, resulting in a spectrum of temperatures across the wall.

- notes on artwork by Rob Smith in conversation with the artist

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