New York

Donald Lipski

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

“Gathering Dust” consists of 2,000 small pieces of nervous energy, pinned to the wall and brightly lit. The nervous energy is contained in various common objects distorted and reworked by the hands of the artist in fits of ordinary nervous tension. At least that’s how Donald Lipski explains the origins of these items. For years, says Lipski, he’s been collecting these remnants of unconscious modeling and storing them in shoe boxes, keeping a record of what ordinarily would be thrown out with the trash. Almost everyone makes objects like these, in the same category as random doodles and scribbles that sometimes capture some spirit of rare creativity.

Lipski’s sculptures (tortured paper clips and matchbooks, woven straw papers and wooden splinters) cover three walls of the Modern’s Projects room. Like Carlson’s objects, they’re randomly arranged until they just look good. Spotlights throw

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