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Patrick Weidmann

John Gibson Gallery

Patrick Weidmann makes wall arrangements out of painted monochromes, frames, mirrors, objects, and photographs, grouping the elements in order to suggest the rectangular space of the easel picture. With these aggregates of fragments from art and industry, Weidmann employs familiar conceptual strategies that are neither personalized nor altered, and so gives his work the quality of a rote conceptual exercise.

Untitled With Mirrors, 1987, exemplifies Weidmann’s generic strategizing. In this piece, four long thin monochromes demarcate a rectangular section of wall. Set into the upper-left- and lower-right-hand corners of the piece are two rectangular unframed mirrors. The mirror, used by Robert Smithson with great specificity to expand and de-objectify the nonsite, and by Michelangelo Pistoletto to embody the viewer, is here devoid of significance and function. One mirror reflects the viewer’s

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