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Robert Kinmont, 16 Dirt Roads, 2014, copper, dirt, 3" × 12' × 5'.

Robert Kinmont

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Robert Kinmont, 16 Dirt Roads, 2014, copper, dirt, 3" × 12' × 5'.

After dropping out of the art world for thirty years, Robert Kinmont has returned to a mostly cordial welcome as a missing member of the generation of John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, and Ed Ruscha, but he may be even better than this sympathetic “school of” reception suggests. His work tends to attract such adjectives as post-Minimal and Conceptual, but it is warmer, more modest, and more playful than those words imply.

Take the relationship between Glider, 1973, a Super 8 film, and a companion piece, Trying to Understand, 2015, a digitally restored and shortened version of this original, presented alongside a set of three wooden boxes. The film shows Kinmont releasing toy balsa-wood gliders high in the mountains. The air is too thin for them, and they tumble to the ground rather than fly. Racked up in the three boxes are identical gliders, lined up in a row. The arrangement recalls

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