TOUCH is a freestanding sculpture made of two interlocking pieces of nickel plated steel. Shown at JME’s first European exhibition entitled “Spirits,” at Art Affairs in Amsterdam, TOUCH was the first sculpture created from the “compressionism” style known as “Merge; information as image.” The piece has a totemic formalism reinforcing its compositional power and complexity in design. The two near symmetrical pieces form a union highlighting its essence; physicality (object) as subject (sensory). The highly reflective surface of the nickel plate integrates the viewer, the metaphor of inclusion or reflection but additionally TOUCH is a sensual gesture, one existing between art and substance. A larger version of Touch has been fabricated in plywood and many instances of the composition can be found in JME’s paintings and works on paper.
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