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Ben Pranger

Perimeter Gallery

Ben Pranger wistfully transforms found objects with an eye toward making them reveal poetic resonances. He changes contexts, proposes absurd usages, descends to puns, and creates curious conglomerations, all while discovering the frailties of literal meanings and systems. His intervention can at times be both slight and pointedly direct; Traveling Bag, 1992, is just that—a battered and much used small suitcase inside which Pranger secreted a motor and wheels. The flick of a switch sets this suitcase ambling across the floor in a slow and leisurely circle. It just goes and goes and goes. Ladder, 1992, is structured totally out of shoelaces that are tied together, their new function as the component parts of a ladder absurd despite the implied earnestness of the effort. Pranger set this piece on the wall, its sagging verticality making the shoelaces seem even more tendrillike and fragile.

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