New York

Greg Colson

Sperone Westwater

At first sight Greg Colson’s sculptures look like yet another instance of the currently stylish approach that someone dubbed “stonewashed Minimalism.” His objects—made of lunch boxes, inner tubes, and scrap boards that are chipped, rusted, dented, and faded—bear conspicuous signs of aging and decrepitude. But upon closer inspection Colson’s work reveals delicate intrusions that seem to be at the core of his concerns. Various ordering systems are inscribed on the distressed surfaces of his found objects, in an apparent effort to control or deny the entropic forces of time. In Newark, 1989, an unlabeled street map is printed on old boards, the irregular configuration of routes competing with the background pattern of the woodgrain. In North Platte, 1989, street names of an unidentified city are inscribed on a latticework of wood and metal strips. The seating plan of a stadium is recreated

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