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Mat Collishaw

Cohen Gallery

As far as can be told from these shores, the recent wave of young phenoms from Goldsmith’s College in London has consisted mostly of practitioners of a remote, formal, yet quirky abstraction that somehow turns out to derive from quotidian forms and materials: Angela Bulloch and her pulsing light fixtures; Gary Hume of the door paintings; Marcus Taylor with his frosty Plexiglas boxes based on appliance packaging; and Rachel Whiteread and her plaster casts of rooms. As his first American exhibition attests, Mat Collishaw is clearly up to something else.

Called In The Old Fashioned Way, 1992, his installation is simple enough to describe. You emerged from the elevator to the sound of a loud, rhythmical mechanical-clanking like something out of an industrial-age factory. As an undertone to that sound, there was some kind of cheesy “easy-listening” music that turned out to be Mantovani. What

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