New York

Bill Lundberg

John Gibson Gallery

On entering the gallery to see Bill Lundberg’s latest show, eight disembodied figures begin gabbling at you from the floor. Stuck in the boards, visible from shoulder up only, three garrulous strangers come as a shock. In living color (and in living motion), they speak in simultaneous layers of normal conversational tones. The disorientation of their condition is Lundberg’s tour de force; all 5 works in the show deal with a similar shock of the familiar set unexpectedly aside for the viewer’s examination.

Lundberg’s medium is film—and plastic and tables and chairs and projectors and mirrors—but essentially it is the movement of the filmed characters that provides life to the places. In each work, a projected image duplicates a well-known social ritual. Props are used to set the place correctly. Card Players features a table and four chairs; projected onto the table top is a life-size film

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