new-york

Allen Ruppersberg

Christine Burgin Gallery

In keeping with the premises of Conceptual art, Allen Ruppersberg generates new work by deftly manipulating format and creating distinct juxtapositions within his existing oeuvre. In his recent show, this method yielded three different projects: You and Me, The Gift and the Inheritance and See For Yourself (all works 1989).

In You and Me, a checkerboard of black and white floor tiles inlayed with a contrasting italic “poem” that combines the pronouns “you” and “me” variously (“me + you and you + me,” “me + you and you – me,” etc.), became a kind of recombinant dialogue between self and other. The regular alternation of the tiles coupled with systematic textual permutations was slightly unnerving. Like a Carl Andre sculpture, You and Me invited the viewer to literally “walk all over” it, but where Andre’s work was placed on the floor, Ruppersberg’s project became the floor.

The Gift and the

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