New York

Lincoln Tobier

Pat Hearn Gallery / Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Two concurrent projects by the same artist, one aspiration: to reopen the discussion about the relationship between visual art and the “public” sphere. Lincoln Tobier’s Studies for: (It all comes together in) Ruckus L.A., 1995, at Pat Hearn, and Mini-A.M., 1995, at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, represent the most recent articulations of Tobier’s effort to establish new connections between “artistic activity” and diverse sociocultural arenas. These projects may suggest that Tobier subscribes to a canonized set of principles about socially engaged artmaking. However, given that failure is built into both projects, the depth of his faith, and certainly our own, remains in question.

Tobier is currently attempting to realize a rather ambitious city-specific, collaborative project: to invite members of various Los Angeles communities to build scale models of their local environments, which he will

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