Shifting Considerations: Francine Hunter McGivern and Daniel Rothbart Retrospective Installations, the Frank Institute @ CR10, Linlithgo, New York.
Daniel Rothbart by Carter Ratcliff
Daniel Rothbart was born in California and grew up in Oregon, states that faces Asia—a familiar fact with large consequences for his art. Among the objects that wash up on the Oregon shore are floats from Japanese fishing nets: globes of green glass in various sizes. Gathering a supply of these globes from the beach, Rothbart encloses up to twenty of them in open structures of bent aluminum wire. Linking the structures in a long, sinuous line, he produces a sculpture that looks at home on a gallery floor and even more so when he sets it afloat on a body of water. For its buoyancy brings it alive to the surrounding currents.