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Lucky DeBellevue

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Lucky DeBellevue’s sculpture is a kind of cheery yet vaguely troubling arte povera kudzu plant, whose bright webs look as though they might overrun the gallery during the course of a night. DeBellevue’s witty use of cheap, readily available materials—pipe cleaners, tinfoil, cable ties, vinyl weatherstripping—recalls that of any number of other artists, including Donald Lipski, Tom Friedman, and David Hammons. The basic unit of DeBellevue’s floor and wall pieces (all works 1997) is an onion-ring–like link, which has the overall effect of erasing traces of fracture and gives them a kind of independent yet organic quality.

The only work here that didn’t immediately seem vegetal or viral was an untitled, site-specific wall piece made from vinyl weatherstripping that formed a pattern similar to that of Mondrian’s diamond compositions. It was delightful both to see that dreary gray material freed

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