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Robin Collyer

Carmen Lamanna Gallery

In the three sculptures of this show, Robin Collyer combines the formal arrangements of his earlier sculptures with the concern with systems and signs of his more recent work.

Like the earlier sculpture, the work exists both on wall and floor; yet the separation of elements (objects generally on the floor, photographs and designs on the wall) does not make the works installations—each remains a sculptural ensemble to be approached frontally and to be read internally. This conjunction of elements is not simply surreal or formal juxtaposition; each of the elements has a reference (a model of a pump refers to its real counterpart, a cubic form to a building), and the conjunction signifies a mode of production. In fact, the objects refer to one mode of production but indicate another: In Industrial/mine/Theirs, a metal gear is represented by a vacuum-formed plastic reproduction of it which

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