New Albany, Ind.

Skip Koebbeman

Floyd County Museum

The desire to thumb one’s nose at the “culture lords” is typically “provincial”whether or not the wishful artist is a declared iconoclast like SKIP KOEBBEMAN. Such an attitude is boring if self-righteous or utterly serious, but Koebbeman assumes the role of outsider looking in, a characteristically alienated and often ironic rock ’n’ roll, particularly Punk stance.

Two years ago Koebbeman formed a Punk band and named it No Fun. Maybe it’s no fun to be the outsider because you can’t play inner-circle games. But we sense from the ebullience and exhilaration of his sculpture that Koebbeman has had a lot of fun being punkishly “impolite” to the Minimalist esthetic to which he himself recently adhered.

Deliberately abandoning Minimalism’s coolness he now constructs finned plywood sculptures. After building a central structure he attaches sections of spikes, painted in bright glossy colors like

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