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Laura Riboli, Metamobilizer

Wallspace Gallery
619 West 27th Street, ground floor, 212-594-9478
October 20 - November 25, 2006
Reception: Friday, October 20, 6 - 8 PM
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Riboli makes handmade sculptures based on geometric forms and animates them using a series of crude visual effects. The resulting videos, shown here in 5 single channel projections, are whimsical vignettes that infuse the often austere, minimalist forms with an anthropomorphic theatricality.

Though Riboli’s objects maintain a certain degree of formal geometric integrity, their precision and rigidity are humanized through her tactile use of material and playful imposition of sound, movement and time. In Sinister/Dislocater, a lone black tetrahedron rotates ominously, only to be upstaged by a jaunty orange interloper; In Meddlers, two light-footed polyhedrons tussle across a living room carpet in a choreographed sparring match that is part mating ritual, part gladiatorial contest. As they spin and lollygag across a series of carefully constructed voids and backdrops, Riboli’s objects seem to simultaneously revere and undermine their own formalism, gleaning a distinctly human quality from the imperfect, handmade potential of sculpture.
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