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Nick Relph, The Weather, 2013, car wheels, 99 x 57 1/2 x 24".

Nick Relph

Gavin Brown's enterprise | 620 Greenwich Street

Nick Relph, The Weather, 2013, car wheels, 99 x 57 1/2 x 24".

In Nick Relph’s recent exhibition, two rhyming rooms recalled a garage, while a pair of framed portraits—showing dealer Gavin Brown by parked cars—hinted at one of the building’s past functions. In the first gallery, twelve upright car wheels stood in two orderly rows, placed in the positions they would occupy on actual automobiles: three vehicles sans bodies. Another set of eight wheels had been sited in the neighboring open office area, with two of them put conspicuously beneath desks. Passing through these demarcated spaces—between and within the groupings—I sensed a subtle reorientation, a slight but palpable tension between interiority and exteriority, of being either inside or out. The cunning subtlety of the work brought to mind a range of seminal gestures by the late Michael Asher––his reconfiguration of walls, redirection of volumes of air, and exposure

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