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Rachel Bas-Cohain

A.I.R. Gallery

Rachel Bas-Cohain also moves from jokes about modernist composition into a hard tackle on the same problems. Bas-Cohain builds two models of the Cubist grid. One is small and made from refrigeration pipes, and the other is large, spanning the width of the gallery ceiling, and made from thin cold water pipes. Thepun (as Bas-Cohain unfortunately points out in an accompanying text) is about the grid as the compositional basis—the plumbing—of much modernist painting. The first grid she builds is covered with ice crystals, and the other with droplets of water that fall on people as they enter the gallery. The “figuration” in these works, then, is literally pulled out of the air. It is moisture in the atmosphere that condenses on the cold pipes. Is white a “pure” color? Here it is the smallest and coldest grid that is white.

Bas-Cohain extends the notion of circumstantial coloration in a series

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