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Edward Lipski

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david ebony's
new york top ten

Edward Lipski
at In Khan Gallery

Dec. 6, 1996-Jan. 31, 1997

British artist Edward Lipski, showing for the first time in the U.S., presented an installation titled, "All the Things in the World," that is notable for its audacity and spunk. The five sculptural works and one wall text piece at first glance seem unoriginal. The wall text, Bad, echoes abject art; Boy looks like a defaced Charles Ray mannequin; Wig recalls certain Meyer Vaisman sculptures; and even Pig looks like one of the African Boliw votaries like those in the wonderful show at Peter Blum early in the season. Only after seeing the large black Bird, completely covered in feathers (including beak), and suspended from the ceiling in the rear gallery, did I reassess the show and recognize its brilliance. The bird acts as a kind of catalyst to activate Lipski's entire project. In fact, like Poe's raven (which seems to be on the minds of many artists lately), the bird haunts this provocative exhibition.