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Donald Lipski

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Donald Lipski’s sculptures are acts of reclamation, reprieves for objects contemporary culture usually overlooks or discards. His art makes use of the very things believed to be beyond redemption: the mass-produced, machine-tooled effluvia of rust-zone America, objects that, once divorced from their original functions, are empty and forgotten. Lipski collects, buys, and stores away this stuff—pitchforks, fire extinguisher foam nozzles, chunks of fiberglass, saw blades, chalkboards, mooring buoys, operating room lights, dice, pipettes, steel shot, and more. The objects are saved for that moment when bit by bit, singly and doubly, they are to be brought together into a simple but stark relationship with each other, urged toward poetic and canny fusions that take meaning not merely from their juxtaposition, but from their reconciliation.

This act of hybridization is neither accidental nor

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