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Paul Gabrielli, Untitled, 2010, Ultracal, plastic smoke detector, ink-jet-printed sticker, steel bolt, wood, acrylic, enamel, 12 x 12 x 4 1/2".

Paul Gabrielli

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Paul Gabrielli, Untitled, 2010, Ultracal, plastic smoke detector, ink-jet-printed sticker, steel bolt, wood, acrylic, enamel, 12 x 12 x 4 1/2".

For the major part of Paul Gabrielli’s sophomore solo exhibition, “Generally,” half a dozen everyday institutional features—a railing, a fire alarm, a soap dispenser, etc.—installed around the gallery’s front room at points appropriate to the functions they reference, were afflicted with awkward protrusions. Each artifact hosted a parasite that glommed onto its surface, evoking a tumor or a tick before any form of assemblage blessed with an art-historical pedigree. Here Gabrielli blended the found, the manipulated, and the constructed to loosen the hold of use value over even the most workaday stuff.

First in the space, and typical of the series, was Untitled, 2011. Perched atop a surveillance camera’s metal-and-plastic housing, mounted on the entrance wall above head height, was a simple black flashlight. At first glance, the combination almost seemed to make practical

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