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Dove Bradshaw

Sandra Gering Gallery

Dove Bradshaw’s installation Plain Air, 1989, was shown in the living quarters of Sandra Gering’s home, which is also her gallery. The installation featured a pair of male and female ring-necked doves. A bicycle wheel without a tire was hung perpendicular to the ceiling by a single steel cable and the birds often perched on the wheel, seeming comfortable despite the tilt brought about by their weight. As days passed they redefined the room by establishing habits in it; they usually slept on the wheel, chose a perch as their favorite for eating, and so on. A stencil of the words plein air (after the bicycle wheel, a second Duchampian reference) was negatively inscribed on a glass partition in the room. Directly below the wheel on the floor was a target used for archery, at one level a vocabulary reference to Jasper Johns. Bradshaw altered the Western-style target into a Zen archer’s target,

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