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Richard Dupont at Tracy Williams, through July 10
New York artist Richard Dupont inaugurates Tracy Williams' new Lower East Side venue, on Hester Street, with "Sobriquets," a knock-out exhibition of recent sculptures and works on paper. Ten years ago Dupont went to an Air Force base in Ohio, where he underwent a full body scan. Since then, he has been using the data from the scan to produce 3-D renderings of his body, sometimes with outlandish distortions, and always with some degree of emotional charge.
At the show's entrance, a tall, eerie, nude figure in gray resin appears as if viewed through a fish-eye lens. Its elongated proportions recall a Giacometti figure, albeit rendered with a bit of realism, if not with flesh and blood on the armature. Working in a variety of materials, from cast bronze to carved wood, Dupont produces heads and figures that are alternately blobby or angular, each with a unique comportment and mood. It is interesting to compare Dupont's work with that of his peers like Matthew Monahan or Thomas Houseago, with whom he shares a hyper-energized exploration of the figure. By contrast, Dupont seems less interested in primitivism, and more attracted to the futuristic possibilities offered by computer imaging.

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