New York

Bruce Robbins

Truman Gallery

A matrix is a system of coordinates which determines a form. In mathematics a matrix is activated by some “function,” a quantity whose value is dependent upon the values of other quantities. Bruce Robbins calls his “leaning structures”—ladders, inclined planks and runged planks—“matrixes” although they are not born out of a bilateral grid arrangement. Unlike a conventional ladder or plank which is grasped in relation to its function, to its operational duty of forming a sturdy means of ascent or descent, Bruce Robbins’ leaning structures are incapable of functioning serviceably.

His planks and ladders are laminations of wood, metal and plastic. The construction of a ladder, in which the side pieces are primarily metal sandwiching wood, as they are here, should logically exploit wood’s tensility in supporting the cross-pieces. But here the ladder rungs and the plank planes are made from wire

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