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Michelle Lopez, Your Board, 2011, maple plywood, grip tape, 60 x 16 x 4".

Michelle Lopez

Simon Preston

Michelle Lopez, Your Board, 2011, maple plywood, grip tape, 60 x 16 x 4".

Turning Minimalist form against itself is hardly a new idea—one might even consider it a genre unto itself—but it still offers room for maneuver. In “Vertical Neck,” her second solo exhibition at Simon Preston, Brooklyn-based artist Michelle Lopez presented a strong, clean suite of five new sculptures that capitalize on the movement’s enduring legacy but sidestep parody and polemic to arrive at a more subtly allusive language. Lopez isn’t afraid of explicit critical reference—in 2009’s Portrait of Artist as Special Mission Project/Akira Revisited, for example, she went after Takashi Murakami’s objectification of Asian women—but here that impulse was reined in, and the results are the more satisfying for it. In its seeming restraint, the show exuded a bolstered confidence.

Blue Angels and Blue Angel (all works 2011) contain the show’s most immediately identifiable

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