Editor's Pick: Minimalist chaos

Minimalist chaos

He’s used meat cleavers, paper towels, felt and linseed oil in works that, at first glance, may seem chaotic. But look closer and you’ll see artist Barry Le Va’s installations are hardly random placements of scattered objects. Instead, they both reflect his training as an architect and challenge the concept of 3-dimensional sculpture. It’s not everyday you get a chance to see work from an artist widely considered one of America’s most influential post-minimalist sculptors, so take some time to explore the new exhibit, “Accumulated Vision, Barry Le Va,” showing at the Institute of Contemporary Art from Jan. 15 through April 3. The show features Le Va installations (including “Bunker Coalition (pushed from the right),” right) and also includes his lesser-known forays into photography, sound and books.

  • VISIONARY: The exhibit opens with a walkthrough for ICA members on Friday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. “Accumulated Vision” opens to the public on Jan. 15 at the ICA, 118 S. 36th St. Info: 215-898-5911 or www.icaphila.org.

Originally published on January 13, 2005