Artist Gedi Sibony presents a range of new works this month at Greene Naftali in New York, continuing the artist’s studied interrogation of spatial dynamics, color, and form, all explored through a range of sculpture and painting. Titled I Was Like Wait, the exhibition stages a series of encounters, expansive and confounding.
The works on view draw on items salvaged and saved, worked and reworked, over the past twenty years of Sibony’s practice. Paintings—some layered atop found canvases, some on new ones—depict bright vessels that orbit a void, and reconfigured objects constellate across the charged expanse of a room that holds them. Wires that function to tether fragments to architecture are also a means to draw in space; a spectral column mirrors a studio support, loosed from the task of enforcement. Such doublings recur within works and between them, extending the reach and resonance of a given object. Sibony, whose work draws particular strength from its interests in minimalism and concision, continues a practice of restraint to continue the investigation of material dynamics and interactions.
In Does Not Restrict Itself, for interest, the artist poses a immense sheet of paper atop a wooden stage, framing both objects with the other, while the gestures and actual interaction with the materials remains wholly in their presentation. No paint is used, only tape and other mounting elements, putting the relationship between each element in the foreground. This takes a similar framework in the paintings on view, as the artist either fills in pieces of the canvas with stark color, or leaves it unpainted, creating relationships between figure and ground that seem to work both ways, either with positive or negative space.
The artist’s work is on view through March 18th.
– C. Rhinehart
I Was Like Wait [Exhibition Site]