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Lucky Debellevue

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LUCKY DEBELLEVUE IS KNOWN FOR HIS MYSTERIOUS, startlingly prismatic pipe-cleaner sculptures. Unapologetically pretty, they have the allure of a signature material, and one can easily imagine DeBellevue staying the course, making installations, even building a kind of pipe-cleaner Merzbau. But to his credit, he explores other, less immediately charming strategies in four of the seven works recently on view, experimenting with other sorts of cheap store-bought materials like plastic, foam, and tape.

While the Mardi Gras junk aesthetic of his work persists (DeBellevue comes from Louisiana), these new pieces abjure the chromatic cheer of the pipe cleaners, inclining instead toward drabness. This isn't true of every work, but it's pervasive enough for me to suspect in it a fairly deliberate deprivation, a kind of suppression of color in favor of what can be plumbed in its absence—namely,

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