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biomorph

[′bī·ō‚mȯrf]
(graphic arts)
An abstract form (painted, drawn, or sculpted) whose shape resembles that of a living organism.
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There is definitely something European about the two Smith series, for example--and Robert Storr, the author of the catalogue essay, is right in alluding to Hans Arp's biomorphs and to the paintings of Arp's wife, Sophie Taeuber--Arp.
So while Poliock mapped his cosmic webs and Rothko, Still, and Newman distilled their paintings' residual personages or biomorphs into airy veils, solid walls, and lu minous measures of color, Guston stayed intent on telling tales.
That very fact kept me looking at it, plus the degree to which it tapped into my own divided loyalties between minimal abstraction on the one hand and visceral funk on the other, a combination not uncommon among immigrants from beyond the Hudson, where Dali-, Tanguy- , or Miroesque biomorphs had crosspollinated with indigenous American weirdness but where the exalted seventies of Mies and the Bauhaus also flourished.
Seen last season in Thelma Golden's "Freestyle" exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, these large-format abstractions are made up of looping biomorphs superimposed one on another as if Silly Putty in drop-dead shades of blue, green, salmon, beige, and brown had been shot out of a pump-action splatter gun.
The interlocking shapes of the architect's bulky biomorphs derive, according to the show's catalogue, from "dynamic landscape formations such as glaciers and eroded slopes.
The often juxtaposed grids and biomorphs of these curious and intricate compositions refer more distinctly to other paintings than to anything else.
Highlights of the final segment, "New Contemporaries 99," also on view in the Exchange Flags building, included Kenny Macleod's deadpan pseudo-confessional video Robbie Fraser, Ian Kiaer's enigmatic sculptural tableau of an Old Testament landscape, and Andrew Currie's high-jinks footage of a menagerie of endearing kinetic biomorphs created from tiny motorized fans, plastic trash bags, cotton thread, and electric cable, among other materials.
Eroticized biomorphs, sheathed in multicolored PVC, interlock and bond in a range of seemingly sadomasochistic ways.