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Tobias Kaspar, Untitled, 2016, laser-engraved reflective fabric, 5' 9” × 14' 3 1/4".

Tobias Kaspar

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Tobias Kaspar, Untitled, 2016, laser-engraved reflective fabric, 5' 9” × 14' 3 1/4".

Tobias Kaspar’s recent show brought back memories of my puzzlement, years ago, over a pink canvas by Willem de Rooij that appeared to change color depending on where you were standing. In some respects, Kaspar one-upped him with the three pieces on view here, all Untitled, 2016. Their hi-tech, silvery, iridescent fabric contains particles of glass that appear to reflect light differently depending on one’s viewing position. In the triptych in the gallery’s first room, for example, a shifting surface of shiny silver rectangles emerged from the uniform gray you saw as you entered from the street. In the rear gallery, two similarly made works hung on opposite walls, each mirroring the other’s negative space in a grid pattern. That was it. My first question was: Is making the monochrome shimmer really of sufficient interest to support an exhibition?

The answer—though I say it

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