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Dove Bradshaw, Spent Bullet (Aluminum I), 2015–16, ABS resin, aluminum paint, 9 1/2 × 20 × 16 1/2".

Dove Bradshaw

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Dove Bradshaw, Spent Bullet (Aluminum I), 2015–16, ABS resin, aluminum paint, 9 1/2 × 20 × 16 1/2".

“Poetry is everywhere evident,” Dove Bradshaw once said, which leads one to wonder what was poetic about the works in “Unintended Consequences”—a presentation of eight abstract sculptures, all from 2015–16, and eleven linen canvases, all covered with silver and liver of sulfur, and most from 2015. The works on view had an Abstract Expressionist look: They seemed intensely, even wildly, expressive, fraught with energy, beside themselves with excitement, dramatically restless. Yet this effect was deceptive—the sculptures are in fact assisted readymades. To create these works, Bradshaw first collected spent bullets, all warped and deformed from the force of impact, and made 3-D scans of them. Then she “printed” the bullets out at roughly thirty times their original size, and finally patinated the “blown-up” objects in rubber or in various metals. Placed on pedestals and

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