new-york

Stephen Laub

Koury Wingate Gallery

For all their pointed particularity, photographs suffer from a lack of physical presence, like creatures that are all brain and no (or virtually no) body. Abstract sculpture, on the other hand—especially when it is based on geometric forms—often suffers from the opposite problem. Stephen Laub addresses both of these potential lacks by combining the two media, making objects that, depending on one’s point of view, can be seen as either abstract wall sculptures with tiny photographs set into them, or photographs for which these sculptures serve as elaborate frames. The objects are derived from the photographs, with Laub selecting an element depicted in each photograph, simplifying it to a pared-down form, and enlarging it. In this way he sets up a smart formal game in which the viewer first sees the sculptural object, then must step up to peer at the tiny photograph in order to figure out

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