The starkly geometric work of Kate Mangold, a recent graduate of Yale University’s MFA program, appears as a flashback to the daunting days of gym class. The athletic allusions in her new large-scale sculptures open a dialogue regarding the complex tension of resistance and momentum. Mangold’s work uses the metaphor of physical impetus and inertia to evaluate the ways in which one approaches the lot of life’s fits and challenges. Within her minimalistic constructions, notions of false starts, setbacks and taxing obstacles rear their menacing heads. Though she claims her recent projects are largely self-referential — her work looks at the cycle of her work — the precarious balance of restraint and urgency is something a lot of people will relate to. With millions out of the workforce, personal debt skyrocketing, and protests igniting across the country, the concept of a collective push and pull embodied in Mangold’s world is more relevant than ever.