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Jeffrey Lew

112 Greene Street

Jeffrey Lew’s piece Drawerings is a wooden chest of specimen drawers containing slabs of glass. Most any sculpture can look like some kind of furniture. It’s an easy gibe. But for many artists the analogy is a way back into form/function problems, articulated as a conundrum in which the artwork is put forward as a pun or witty closure. Drawerings is set far back from the gallery door between the row of columns that divide the space, and it’s lit from above by a spotlight. You have to pull the drawers out to see the scratched and colored slabs of glass. The piece is a set for the execution—construed here as a performance—of that familiar task. Taken as a sculpture, it makes proliferous ironies about Minimal form: primary structure embellished with knobs, not a discrete rectilinear solid but part of an ensemble of studio furniture, wall-related but freestanding, and so forth. The plywood

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