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David Lamelas, Untitled (Falling Wall), 1992–, drywall, wood, screws, acrylic paint, reclaimed lumber, 17' 5“ × 26' 8 1/2” × 8' 1/2". Photo: Josh White.

David Lamelas

Maccarone | Los Angeles

David Lamelas, Untitled (Falling Wall), 1992–, drywall, wood, screws, acrylic paint, reclaimed lumber, 17' 5“ × 26' 8 1/2” × 8' 1/2". Photo: Josh White.

Over the five decades of his peripatetic, sui generis art career, David Lamelas—who was born in Buenos Aires and now works in his hometown and in Nice, France—has probed the basic parameters via which artworks are defined and transmitted. His practice has spanned film, photography, sculpture, and drawing, anticipating now-ubiquitous styles of appropriation and institutional critique. Coinciding with his wide-ranging and long-overdue first US retrospective “A Life of Their Own” at California State University, Long Beach, “The Other Side” at Maccarone was decidedly lean and mean. Here his structuralism expressed itself tectonically, premised on that most elemental variable of white-cube display (and current geopolitical discourse): the wall.

Upon entering the gallery, the viewer was greeted obliquely by Untitled (Falling Wall), 1992/2017: an approximately eighteen-by-twenty-seven-foot

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