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Victor Grippo

Camden Arts Centre

An atmosphere of hushed stillness permeated this exhibition of nearly colorless sculptural work by the late Argentinean artist Victor Grippo. The silence was gradually broken as one became aware of a faint hum, like the noise of a smoothly functioning laboratory. In Analogía I, segunda versión, o Energía (Analogy I, Second Version, or Energy), 1977, dozens of potatoes—a recurring object in Grippo’s art—are scattered over a table and chair and attached to electrodes of copper and zinc, generating an electric current that is registered on a meter. In Vida, Muerte, Resurrección (Life, Death, Resurrection), 1980, a glass case holds four hollow geometric forms made of lead and filled with black beans. The beans are slowly germinating, expanding, and breaking free of their containers, spilling onto the plinth. Behind these overflowing forms are identical, empty versions that seem to await the

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