New York

Erwin Redl

Riva Gallery

Erwin Redl is a sculptor whose primary material is the light-emitting diode (or LED), deployed at a dominating and theatrical scale. He is best known in New York for having sheathed the Whitney Museum in red and blue curtains of light for the 2002 Biennial, a bravura gesture in spatial disorientation that made the massive building seem to float spaceshiplike. Redl’s recent show featured more modest architectural projects, including two light pieces, several series of drawings, and a digital video presentation of previous installations. The results varied considerably. At its best, Redl’s work blends a gossamer touch with a wonky tenacity, as if subatomic pathways were being diagrammed in wire. When the spatial balances are not exactly right, however, the artist slips into a kind of materials-based stridency, relying too heavily on the LED for magic-lantern effects.

Redl uses the title MATRIX

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