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Tobias Buche at Lehman Maupin

Tobias Buche at Lehman Maupin
I first saw Tobias Buche's work the New Museum's Unmonumental show (closes March 30). In that show as well as this February show at Lehman Maupin, he applies rough photocopy images to crude structures that look like some kind of temporary place for public announcements. Some images are created by Buche, others found. A lot of these images are wierd or dark, and overall it's quite compelling.
Tobias Buche at Lehman Maupin

"Geometric Abstraction" at McKenzie Fine Art

painting by Chris Gallagher
I liked this show of six artists including Chris Gallagher (above) and Ann Pibal (below, "EVETR", 11x22"). Gallagher's painting reminds me in a wonderful way of those time-lapse photos of the night sky or a close-up of the rings of Saturn. The pieces by Pibal are small and painted on aluminum. My first reaction is architecture, but gallery notes suggest "shapes found in nature" also.
painting by Ann Pibal

"a new high in getting low (nyc)"

Great title for this large and diverse group show at John Connelly Presents. I'm only going to post one image, and not even one that's especially typical. I really like this shaped piece by Daniel Lefcourt, which could be channeling some kind of wall or furniture venir. This piece is relatively small (a foot and a half or so across) but he's done others, that really go to town with the idea.
painting by Daniel Lefcourt

Two More

I want to at least very briefly mention a couple of other shows. First, Ruth Root at Andrew Kreps Gallery (525 W22rd Street). This piece is approximately five or six foot across and painted on a shaped piece of Aluminum. I don't know if she's given this up, but she used to insert little smoking cigarette images here and there peaking out between color areas.
painting by Ruth Root

Lastly, small but wonderful installation of several pieces by Robert Gober at Mathew Marks, divided between spaces on W21st and W22nd. I have always found his typically enigmatic work captiving. I was chatting with a gallery assistant who said Gober relates his work to iconic American imagery (gun, weathered chair and so on) and doesn't tend to speak about specific meanings in the work. In the first piece the phallic connection of the child's foot is unavoidable and unsettling.
sculpture by Rober Gober
Side view of the same piece, below.
sculpture by Rober Gober
Second piece, below.
sculpture by Rober Gober