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John Okulick

Asher/Faure Gallery

John Okulick continues to work in a space between painting and sculpture. While his shallow boxes of finely-crafted wood are three-dimensional objects, they are meant to be visually read against the two-dimensional surface of the wall on which they are hung. The actual, physical presence of these boxes is extended into a purely visual space through complex spatial manipulation. For instance, Elevator is subdivided into two rectangular bins, each of which is further subdivided by diagonal planks. The “far” end of the right plank abuts the same side of the box as that which appears to be the “near” end of the left plank. This visual flip-flop is further confounded by the perspectival projection of the box—actually only a shallow 17 inches—into deep space.

Perhaps it is the tangible presence of these elegant pieces that divorces them from simple visual trickery. They address not only our eyes

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