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Tony Feher

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Like the Minimalists to whom his work nods, Tony Feher uses industrially produced materials (glass, plastic, metal, nylon, polystyrene, rubber) and manipulates them in ways not generally associated with a human touch (stacking, hanging, laying components out in a line or grid). Unlike the Minimalists, however, Feher gravitates toward objects whose first lives were spent in industry and consumer culture (bottles, lightbulbs, plastic bags), and his works betray an openness to human error, randomness, and whim that a good Minimalist would try to suppress. Feher considers the potential of things, the poetic possibilities contained within a limited material/visual vocabulary, the power of chance, and, in unexpected ways, the subtlety of gesture.

Despite the ordinariness of their components, each of the ten pieces in his recent show was engaging. Pole One, 2000, a vertical galvanized pipe dotted

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