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Jud Fine

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Jud Fine’s recent sculptures work with bamboo poles, and tubes in analogy with bamboo poles. Fine seems concerned with differences between them when assembled, or only grouped into configurations, and when they only serve by standing and waiting. The drawings are mainly studies for the poles, although there are also alarmingly compulsive exercises in building up a palimpsest of written and overwritten text; both kinds make every effort not to please. Yet, that’s what they end up doing.

The major sculpture here, Analogy, consists of an array of the bamboo and bamboo-shaped poles, together with a welded metal rack. The poles are decorated or constructed with an eye to the stylistic features of other contemporary artists’ work—from Olitski to Westermann to a fetishistic post-Minimal effort consisting of a translucent fiberglass pole with two pockets of urine sealed in.

Fine’s problem may be

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