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Julian Hoeber, Execution Changes 19 (XS Q1 MJ LC Q2 RMJ LC Q3 MJ LC Q4 LMJ LC), 2011, acrylic and graphite on panel, framed, 62 1/2 x 44 1/2".

Julian Hoeber

Blum & Poe | Los Angeles

Julian Hoeber, Execution Changes 19 (XS Q1 MJ LC Q2 RMJ LC Q3 MJ LC Q4 LMJ LC), 2011, acrylic and graphite on panel, framed, 62 1/2 x 44 1/2".

If the gray-scale chart were given a sculptural physicality, it might well take the form of the nearly twenty-foot-long seating unit that sliced down the center of Blum & Poe’s upstairs gallery, forming Endless Chair, 2010–11, the centerpiece of Julian Hoeber’s recent exhibition. Built from bony slats of bolted-together plywood, this modular bench provided a direct (if less than comfortable) vantage onto the seven large abstract geometric canvases that comprise the artist’s “Execution Changes” series, 2010–. Viewers were permitted to sit on this protracted piece of furniture, prompting one to visualize how a body might also enter into the Op-ish pictorial space of each painting. And such a meditation proved useful when imagining the body’s relationship to a second sculpture in Hoeber’s show, His and Hers, 2011, a set of Shaker-inspired cradles, that, built to adult scale, could

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