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Mitzi Pederson

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A restrained, less-is-more materiality pervades the sculpture of Mitzi Pederson. The eight works in her recent show are made from a limited range of media: reflective paper, tinted sheets and strips of cellophane-thin translucent acetate, and small, rectangular pieces of aluminum tape. Half of the works incorporate sheets of plywood (described by the gallery, colorfully, as “door skin”). With this restricted sculptural vocabulary, Pederson constructs small, deceptively offhand objects that poetically (in a style suggestive of Richard Tuttle) flaunt their precariousness and vulnerability.

Formally, the sculptures are all about tension and pliability. In each work, the reflective paper is curved into a gracefully bowed form and held in place with a thin strap of acetate and/or tape. Pederson curls reflective paper into funnels and domes. The curving surfaces mirror and magnify the color of

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