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Jorge Pardo, Untitled (detail), 2012, MDF, paint, wood, acrylic, dimensions variable.

Jorge Pardo

Galerie Gisela Capitain

Jorge Pardo, Untitled (detail), 2012, MDF, paint, wood, acrylic, dimensions variable.

Parts of each of five large paintings by Jorge Pardo (all works Untitled, 2012) hung in the first room at Galerie Gisela Capitain. But they extended far beyond this one space: Like moss or lichen, they proliferated on the walls of all three of the gallery’s rooms, in each of which was also one of three large lamps. For many years now, Pardo has been using all sorts of light sources as material for his three-dimensional works, so these new lamps, their freshness notwithstanding—they have an organic presence with painted round shades and the protruding tangles of tentacles cut out of wood that swirl about and in one case substitute for a pedestal—are quintessential Pardo. But the paintings, all made of MDF, represent a new element in his oeuvre that is consistently positioned somewhere between fine art and design, often in surprising ways.

The brown-and-ocher-hued striated

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