New York

Don Dudley

Pam Adler Gallery

Working with modular 2-by-8-inch forms of homosote blocks, Don Dudley performs variations on simple, sparse configurations. Nailing the blocks to the gallery wall, he carefully orders their arrangement in several kinds of patterns. Arranged lengthwise, the blocks line up in long panels; in two instances, they are arranged symmetrically in pyramidal formations, narrowing from top to bottom, Color is monochrome, in variations of gray tones brushed lightly onto the surface, or in pale silvery greens and plum. Perfect order combined with understated color reinforces the total lack of movement or change within them.

The formula for each piece seems evident—if anything is hidden, it fails to create an impression or atmosphere. One wall of the gallery to each piece gives plenty of room for various angles of viewing; very little occurs from a different vantage point, except for the one corner piece

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