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Gedi Sibony

CANADA

For his recent show at Canada, New York–based artist Gedi Sibony appeared to have raided the supply closets, mail rooms, and cubicles of America, cobbling the unassuming materials he found there into rough-hewn, kooky, weirdly elegant sculptures that owed something to arte povera, something to Richard Tuttle, and something, perhaps, to the laconic, screw-you formalism of Georg Herold. The impression of a kind of back-office bricolage was conveyed primarily by an abundance of commercial carpet, which climbed toward the ceiling in a patchwork tapestry (The Framework Planned [all works 2004]) and hung from the wall in a big Beuys-gray rectangle (Outside). Sibony also put cardboard, wood, and packing tape to good use, vacillating nonchalantly between a minimalist aesthetic and more-is-more craftiness. In one untitled work, he covered the back of a hollow-core door with a crude mosaic of carpet

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