In this show, Roslindale-based artist Michael Ulman shifts away from the elaborate vehicle sculptures for which he is known. He uses many of the same techniques and materials, but concentrates on the human form rather than machines. These sculptures demonstrate an elegance and delicacy that set them apart from typical found-object assemblages.
Here, Ulman rethinks the female form, echoing the work of Spanish artist Pablo Gargallo. Every joint is fitting and convincing; all of the hardware has a material balance or narrative unction, and strands of wispy wire and copper are finely assembled with lead glass and iron. All of this creates a tactile quality—sculptures that are heartfelt and not imitative.