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Ian Pedigo

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The old dictum that certain sculptors prefer to work with, rather than on, materials rings true in the case of Ian Pedigo. His efforts fall somewhere between found-object assemblage and three-dimensional collage; he takes the more or less utilitarian stuff of the world—the works in this exhibition, for example, incorporate lampshades, denim, foam insulation board, carpeting, plastic sheets, Homasote, magazine clippings, concrete, fabric, and plastic cups—and combines it so as to coax out poetic visual subtleties. Showing a predilection for planar arrangement, Pedigo builds what look like drawings in space: barely volumetric constructions of often wan and flat elements.

In Division (all works 2008), a long, thin, wooden pole leans against the wall at a forty-five-degree angle. The pole is draped in a translucent plastic sheet and a smaller, more opaque piece of material cut from a window

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