David Gilbert is inspired by Brancusi, an artist who saw his studio as a dynamic placea place with “nothing fixed, nothing rigid”and who often photographed his sculptures there. Gilbert’s studio is also a vital site, but the studio is all there is. Gilbert takes the things that litter it and arranges them into tableaux that exist only in and for his photographs. Aside from the paintings and drawings that variously appear in these images, the materials that populate Gilbert’s photos are generally domestic: a lot of yarn and string, rolls of tape, screws, hooks, a bucket, and fabric. In Yarnia (all works 2013), a tangled heap of colored yarn sits on its haunches at the end of a leash-like swath of ripped fabric and more yarn, which descends from the top of the image. In Girlfriend!, a wooden slat leans against a torn sheet of fabric; the board is festooned with ripped
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