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Mamiko Otsubo, Untitled (Glass Horizon with Ball), 2012, glass, rubber ball, wood, museum board, 24 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/2".

Mamiko Otsubo

Sean Horton (presents)

Mamiko Otsubo, Untitled (Glass Horizon with Ball), 2012, glass, rubber ball, wood, museum board, 24 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/2".

A sculpture called Equivalent, 2012, neatly sums up the premise of Mamiko Otsubo’s exhibition. The work is partly composed of used copies of a mass-market edition of the 1946 book Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein, which the artist has laid out on the floor in neat rows. Toward one end of the arrangement, cast-silicone tablets stand in for the books. A rose is a rose is a rose—or is it? What precisely constitutes an equivalent? In search of possible answers, Otsubo creates relationships between things that are approximately the same, tying them together with loose association, puns, and abstraction, through consonance and rhyme.

Although Equivalent maintains a rather declaratory presence, Otsubo’s sculptures are understated, both elegant and economical. In Untitled (Glass Horizon with Ball), 2012, a pristine white frame secures a pane of glass. The glass doesn’t quite reach

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