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Ivan Navarro


Roebling Hall (Chelsea)
606 West 26th Street, 212-929-8180
November 17, 2006 - January 10, 2007
Reception: Friday, November 17, 6 - 8 PM
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Using lighting & industrial materials, Navarro builds pieces that tell a story both visually and politically. In the current installation Navarro uses his characteristic fluorescent and neon sculptures to order the gallery into three major parts, all of which reflect different aspects of power and its effects. The first work in the gallery, an enveloping drawing in light, snakes around the gallery vestibule and hallways like a glowing frieze, describing a train of dominant and subservient figures. The gallery’s main space is entirely darkened, excepting for the light emitted by four black light neon sculptures, which describe alternately, a chandelier, a basketball hoop, and two chairs of high design. Illustrating the breadth of Navarro’s practice, the exhibition’s final work, “Flashlight,” introduces yet another aspect of this artist’s work: video, along with a sculpture on wheels, which together relate a tale of transience and loss.

Navarro’s dazzling sculptural forms suggest utopian longings of Modernist design. But his electrified objects also hint at elements of a bad dream or instruments of torture, as their seductively glowing light surges with undercurrents of darkness.
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