new-york

Donald Lipski

Danforth Museum of Art

Donald Lipski takes industrial salvage material and creates unique neo-dada sculpture. He finds artifacts in junk stores, dumpsters, and military supply rooms, employing a surreal logic in his clever mating of them. This exhibition, consisting of two distinctly separate installations of recent work, showed Lipski to be adept at tempering the coolness of minimalist form with poetic irony and a sense of humor. Steel wool and industrial waste tubing were the featured materials here. In one group of works, industrial components—a rubber high-pressure hose, aluminum fan blade, saw, or inner tube—define the hard-edged forms, while steel wool masks and nullifies their utilitarian capacities. These steel-wrapped sculptures are simultaneously soft and hard, inviting and dangerous—their sharp fibers can cut deeply. Steel Belted Radial, 1989, consists of an inner tube that has been meticulously

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