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Gelitin

Greene Naftali Gallery

“Blind Sculpture,” Gelitin’s first solo exhibition at Greene Naftali Gallery, began as a diurnal “happening”: Over the course of eight days, the collective’s four artists—along with two full-time helpers and between four and nine “friends,” who functioned variously as interlocutors, assistants, and window dressing—gathered in the center of a makeshift amphitheater cordoned off by wooden bleachers surrounding the central gallery space and constructed a sprawling sculpture. The artists who compose Gelitin were blindfolded for the duration of its creation, becoming the mad, groping masters of an unruly in situ atelier.

The construction took place slowly, through accrual, largely using items supplied by the nonprofit organization Materials for the Arts. The artists made prominent use of chicken wire, papier-mâché, and stuffed animals (usually dismembered and splattered, à la Mike Kelley). Paint

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