San Francisco

Donald Lipski

Capp Street Project

Donald Lipski has always had a gift for the graceful manipulation of unusual materials, ranging from the simple (matchbook covers, bits of string) to the elaborate or strange—roses pickled in baroque arcs of industrial glass tubing, or church bells dressed in nun’s wimples. This ability to elicit a kind of romantic beauty out of just about anything has been employed to remarkable effect in The Starry Night, 1993, an installation created for the opening of Capp Street Project’s brand-new space on Second Street. In this room-sized piece, close to 25,000 double-edged razor blades, stuck directly into the Sheetrock, create fields of undulating dashes and eddying swirls. These organic-looking patterns cover the gallery’s white walls from floor to ceiling, and are clearly a reference to the impasto in van Gogh’s painting by the same name.

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