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Eberhard Bosslet

John Gibson Gallery

Eberhard Bosslet brings a consistency of vision to a wide variety of formats. Besides his site-specific installations in exhibition spaces (such as his floor-to-ceiling steel-pipe construction in a stairwell at Documenta 8) and his outdoor projects in the Canary Islands (in which he defined the jagged contours of ruins with paint), Bosslet also creates architectonic paintings and sculptures that share many of the same concerns as his site-specific projects. Bosslet’s recent sculptures on display here are made from old file cabinets, which the artist transforms with an almost sadistic mastery (not unlike Gordon Matta-Clark’s use of destruction as a means of transformation). The file cabinet, a visual analogue for any form of compartmentalized shelter, acts as a surrogate site on which to inflict change.

To transform the cabinet into sculpture, Bosslet has pulled the drawers out and bound

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