london

Edward Lipski

Entwistle Gallery

The first work I ever saw by Edward Lipski consisted of two orange chairs placed on either side of an orange table, itself surmounted by a circular orange light. This could have been the setting for a romantic tryst, were it not for the fact that the elements in the tableau had been reduced to childlike scale. As in Howard Hodgkin’s tiny erotic tondos, emotion had been heralded, only to be contained and compressed.

This compartmentalization of the senses continued in Lipski’s first solo show in London. Crying Child, 1996, was a brown-haired mannequin of uncertain gender, standing naked and at attention in a plastic tub. A continuous stream of tears poured from the child’s eyes, partially filling the tub. Only this wasn’t naked emotion; the tears were channeled through clear plastic tubes snaking elegantly down his body, only to be pumped up again to the head through another tube running up

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