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Charles LeDray, Free Public Library, 2015–19, paper, cardboard, fabric, thread, acrylic paint, ink, acrylic varnish, acrylic gel medium, brass, patina, bubble gum, glass, metal, wire, wood, cement board, cement, granite, glue, fiberfill, Mylar, 10 1⁄8 × 97 1⁄8 × 50 1⁄4".

Charles LeDray

Peter Freeman, Inc.

Charles LeDray works with granite and leather, copper buttons and human bone. For decades now, the artist has played with scale, creating miniature replicas of everyday objects using mortar, embroidery floss, and stainless steel, among sundry other materials sourced from hobby shops and hardware stores. His works—replicating cinder blocks, suspenders, wrenches, barbells, and rabbits’ feet—are obsessively detailed, down to the hand-sewn vents and hems on tiny houndstooth jackets and the ribbed handles of finger-length umbrellas.

If this is beginning to sound grossly twee, consider The Janitor’s Closet, 2016–18, one of twenty-six new works comprising LeDray’s first show with Peter Freeman, Inc. It features a small dingy mop hung on a white pegboard wall. Water stains dribble from the gray and rust-brown fibers to the base of the board, whose bottom inch is also discolored from the mop’s daily

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