new-york

Rudolf Stingel

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

An expression of American mass-produced plenty and the lifestyle that goes with it, wall-to-wall carpeting indirectly serves grander, Modernist ideas about the rationalization of space, and, like other grand Modernist ideas, wall-to-wall seems to interest Rudolf Stingel. But, as displayed in his current installation, his interest in human interaction with architectural contexts, as well as in the affect of pure color and its reciprocal relationships with texture and scale, proposes a playful hybrid of formal purity and visual extremes, a Modernism on drugs.

This version of Stingel’s signature carpets consisted of wide-striped, deep-pile fuschia and cherry, running parallel to the traffic-pattern of the gallery, as if to usher us madly in. Stretching willy-nilly under the front desk and interior fixtures, the rug subtly aligned the given features of the space with its own visual rhythm. It

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