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Allan McCollum

John Weber Gallery

Individual Works, 1988, Allan McCollum’s recent installation of rhetorical objects at John Weber Gallery (running concurrently with the artist’s exhibition of other works at Annina Nosei Gallery and Julian Pretto Gallery), consisted of more than 10,000 plaster/Hydrocal castings displayed on a broad, velvet-lined pedestal, like a gigantic banquet table, that spanned the length of the gallery. This large structure aggressively theatricalized its surroundings as would a quintessentially Minimalist sculpture à la Michael Fried, but the real drama here lay in the suspect individuality of the castings themselves: each painted with an aquamarine enamel for a plasticlike finish, each looking more or less like the next, but each purportedly unique. The objects seemed oddly familiar in a prosaic, utilitarian way, yet not quite definable: one would fit nicely in your hand—but for what reason? Every

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