Born 1953, Tel Aviv, Israel
Works in Long Island City, NY

Year created:
Skirts and Pants (after Duchamp), Ilan Averbuch
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10' x 20' x 20'

Etched glass, wood
Lent by the Artist

No longer on view.

Ilan Averbuch makes indoor and outdoor sculptures in different combinations of common building materials—stone, wood, metal, and glass. Many components are recycled; their former uses are revealed through the remnants of surface details. Some of Averbuch's works appear to defy gravity, as hidden complex constructions allow wooden planks to float and fragile glass to support heavy stone. His sculptures balance whimsical forms against serious themes and heavy, chunky carved elements with elegant results. Architectural, archaeological, and Biblical subjects are common in the artist's pieces—no doubt influences of his Israeli heritage.

Playful and spinning around in a carousel-like fashion, the forms of Skirts and Pants (after Duchamp), upon first examination, evoke male and female dancing figures and Eastern architecture. Using rough-hewn wooden supports curved like pagoda rooflines and fragmented, frosted glass resembling rice paper lanterns and windows, the artist suggests numerous architectural and cultural themes through these visual elements. More specifically, the intended reference for this piece is French Dada artist Marcel Duchamp's monumental glass work, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1923), in which a narrative is partly illustrated by similar abstract figures, representing nine prospective bachelors.