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View of “Gerry Bibby and Henrik Olesen,” 2016. From left: Costumes, 4, Black on Red, 2016; Costumes, 3, White and Pink on Black, 2016; Costumes, 1, Red on White, 2016.

Gerry Bibby and Henrik Olesen

Deborah Schamoni Galerie

View of “Gerry Bibby and Henrik Olesen,” 2016. From left: Costumes, 4, Black on Red, 2016; Costumes, 3, White and Pink on Black, 2016; Costumes, 1, Red on White, 2016.

“Conversation in a Yes/No Landscape,” curated by Nikola Dietrich, was the first collaboration between Gerry Bibby and Henrik Olesen (parts of the project were previously shown at Sismógrafo in Porto, Portugal). Yes and no, black and white: These were the classic binary oppositions articulated in the show’s first room, titled “Straße” (Street), with its stark black-and-white paintings on carpets, variations on the motif of the asphalt street with its center line. Upstairs in a section titled “Versatile?” we saw a wooden easel with a transparent glass pane placed in front of a large window to reveal a view of the gallery’s surroundings: Here the artists explored transparency, projection, framing, and imagination by way of an allusion to Magritte. The question mark in the title suggested that this versatility or openness was only ostensible, and a ball on the floor alluded to the

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