New York

Tobias Rehberger

Petzel Gallery | East 67th Street

In the early part of this century, the Bauhaus and de Stijl endeavored to conjoin art, architecture, and design in order to reorganize—not merely aestheticize—everyday life according to unified ideological and formal principles. A distant inheritor of their ideas, Tobias Rehberger, is more absorbed in fabricating postideological hybrid objects that have the capacity to reveal the sensuous, pleasurable, and intellectually provocative underpinnings of such cross—pollinations.

Rehberger’s vocabulary might be characterized as alternately object-based and installation-oriented. He invokes the codes of Minimalism and post-Minimalism, using an expanded sense of painting along with ambient video effects, while also flirting with notions of utility. It is evident that he would like the category of his works to remain ambiguous. Rehberger, in fact, seems enchanted with the notion that subtle

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