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Mitzi Pederson

Nicole Klagsbrun

When dealing in understatement, it pays to have the courage of one’s convictions. Cramming an exhibition space with variations on a less-is-more theme can risk displacing the subtlety of such an artistic project by imparting to the work a possibly misleading but often indelible appearance of slightness. Showing ten works of this kind when two would do might be a symptom of creative insecurity or of our recessionary times. Berlin-based sculptor Mitzi Pederson has a reputation for taking the specifics of gallery architecture into account, so it was surprising to see her succumb to this particular temptation in her recent exhibition, “You’ll Know.” The show—Pederson’s second solo appearance at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery—saw her slightly undermining a gentle formalist project by giving us rather more than enough.

What Pederson filled the gallery with on this occasion was mostly wood, slender

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