New York

David Rabinowitch

Flynn Gallery

The five groups of concentric circles that David Rabinowitch has carved into the plaster walls here are null sets, abstractions that deflect meaning. But Rabinowitch has put these empty sets to work in spatial and material terms, using their emptiness as images to shift attention onto the conditions of the space itself. Rabinowitch refutes the traditional and persistent function of the gallery as a neutral white container by taking away from the space rather than adding to it, and by carefully controlling the light. (He designed, as part of the installation, the set of windows that provide the gallery’s only light.) Pale, filtered, and diffuse, the light is not merely at the service of the art, but becomes in itself a palpable material, subject to change.

These gestures represent a continuous line of development in Rabinowitch’s sculptural work since the early ’70s, when the investigation

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