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Dorothea Rockburne

Bykert Gallery Downtown

Dorothea Rockburne’s exhibition is at once deep and serene. Numerous threads of her work derive from the disintegration of minimalist sensibility. Among them are floor dispersal, environmental clues, sheer materiality, eccentric substances and an expository presentation. Paper, cardboard sheets, graphite powder and crude oil shape the vocabulary of her work. It would appear, at first, that Rockburne organizes floor and wall units out of pure volition, a taste related both to the memory of the Cubist grid and to the amorphousness of the liquid field atmospheres one associates with Louis. But to see only this is to ignore the artist’s real core. She presents a complex attachment to set theory which formed the central preoccupation of Sol LeWitt’s work from the later ’60s on, and which could be seen as well in certain non-linguistic experiments conducted by Mel Bochner some two or three years

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