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Elevations is a site-specific, sculptural installation by New York-based artist Danielle Gottesman, inside the ground floor of a construction site in the West Village. Inspired by the patterns and shapes in the architectural plans of the 90 Morton development, Gottesman gives anthropomorphic form to their twists and turns, introducing sensuality through shape and materiality. The hand-carved, basswood statues stand within the space, rising from their two-dimensional origins like architectural totems. The sculptures will confront passing viewers at eye-level, at once challenging and vaguely recognizable.

With additional works in etchings, photography and sculpture, Gottesman approaches technical or specialized imagery, such as architectural floor plans, with a formalist eye– removing all functionality from her objects. Balancing on the threshold of two and three-dimensional perception, the root of these works is almost anthropological, using past stories and the recurring nature of New York City as inspiration for her work. Gottesman’s interpretation of space, objects and their perceived meanings seeks to readdress the way we make sense of our surroundings.

Elevations was curated by Lolita Cros.