Magazine article Artforum International

Lisa Sigal: Frederieke Taylor Gallery

Magazine article Artforum International

Lisa Sigal: Frederieke Taylor Gallery

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During Lisa Sigal's fourth solo exhibition at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, two walls of the main space appeared to have gaping holes, outlined in blue painter's tape, that exposed stacks of wooden beams. In the back gallery, Sheetrock boards, painted light blue, framed what looked like an opening onto the building's brick infrastructure. Initially suggesting an ill-timed gallery renovation, these details were in fact part of works on view (That Wood Piece [all works 2007] and Two Shades, respectively). The wooden beams were not underneath but screwed onto the wall, the brick merely a trompe l'oeil wallpaper pattern. Such slippages point to the most appealing aspect of Sigal's artwork: the manner in which it conflates supposedly discrete categories--interior and exterior, "created" and "found," painting and sculpture--in ways that almost cancel out the unique properties of each.

It is often their subtly illusionistic and painterly qualities that distinguish Sigal's scrappy minimalist works from those by artists like Ian Pedigo and Gedi Sibony. While the latter artists' sculptural forms are obstinately "thing"-like in their occupation of space (suggesting odd artifacts of a future civilization), Sigal's tend to constitute spaces unto themselves, their surfaces blended with the architecture or resembling semiabstract landscapes that draw the viewer in. However, for this show, Sigal experimented with creating more autonomous objects and did so in ways that were promising but not yet formally achieved. The focus was "Tent Paintings," 2007-, a series of works that comprises two related types: sheets of wallpaper covered with paint and newspaper clippings; and bulky, upright constructions made from the same materials that were partly adhered to the walls. Though their flimsiness seems largely intentional, it sometimes comes off as simply slapdash.

Untitled (Refuge), for example, is a shelterlike structure wrapped in floral-patterned wallpaper, the underside of which, as glimpsed through a large cutout, is covered with pasted-up newspaper articles and advertisements. …

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