EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
305 x 107 cm
Gedi Sibony‚Äôs constructions draw from the traditions of minimalism in their pared down aesthetics and conception of sculpture as selfcontained conceptual objects. Unlike the highly polished works of artists such as Donald Judd or Ad Reinhardt, Sibony‚Äôs objects adopt an impoverished style and are often made from found materials such as cardboard, plastic sheeting, and wood. Through these media, which are associated with both construction and
debris, Sibony‚Äôs work elevates the humble qualities of everyday ‚Äėstuff‚Äô to create instances of poetic beauty. In Untitled, Sibony presents a strip of carpet mounted on the wall as a ready-made ‚Äėpainting‚Äô picturing a geometric composition made from tape; through its delicate arrangement and tactile surface, Untitled seduces invested contemplation of its precarious form and physicality.
That's Tall's Tale
152.5 x 152.5 cm
In That‚Äôs Tall's Tale, Sibony configures a ‚Äėpainting‚Äô from plastic sheeting and packing tape, with the irregular shape of the ‚Äėcanvas‚Äô drawing reference to artists such as Ellsworth Kelley and Frank Stella. By exposing exactly how the work was made, Sibony instigates a performative role for the artistic process, focusing attention on the subtle tensions within the composition and its very considered and sophisticated balance of form, materiality, and space. Through this intense scrutiny, Sibony affirms the authenticity of artistic integrity, positing a refined connoisseurship of, and heightened sensitivity to, visual tradition as an intrinsic and enduring value.
Side Show, Side Show
241 x 151 x 20 cm
In addition to minimalism, Sibony also cites inspiration from Robert Rauschenberg‚Äôs combines and Richard Tuttle‚Äôs post-minimalism in his synthesis of disparate media, and the arte povera movement in its approach to experimentation and mystical conception of the natural quality of materials. Side Show, Side Show is a deceptively simple arrangement of two wooden frames leaned against the wall, establishing a contingent relationship to both each other and the surrounding gallery architecture. Delineating empty space as a comparable field by which to measure the sculpture‚Äôs existence, Side Show, Side Show wittily hovers between ‚Äėbeing‚Äô and ‚Äėnothingness‚Äô, exuding a quiet spiritual aura in its delicate self-assertion. Presented with understated elegance, the frames operate as both a form and its shadow, action and onsequence, a receptacle and echo of viewer perception.
Plastic sheet, packing tape, ink
290 x 183 cm
Sibony‚Äôs Untitled is a monumental assemblage of plastic wrapping and packing tape. Its overwhelming scale magnifies its fragile physicality, making its precarious presence simultaneously awesome and embarrassed. At first glance Sibony‚Äôs piece seems happenstance, as if the packaging of a work had been hung, rather than the work itself. The brown tape however, forms a rough image of a canvas on an easel; sketched out on the clear tarpaulin, Sibony‚Äôs witty conceptual game challenges expectations of perception and demythologises the processes behind art production ‚Äď from the laborious work in the studio to final exhibition - making the creative methodology quite literally transparent.
Diptych, carpet, wood door painted in white
Carpet : 220 x 170 cm Door : 203 x 76 cm Overall dimensions : 220 x 270 cm
Juxtaposing a sheet of carpet and an unfitted door, Sibony‚Äôs Untitled dissembles ideas of both architectural space and the selfconscious flatness of colour-field painting. Recontextualised as formal devices, his common household furnishings are made alien and seductive, elevated from their functional familiarity to the status of pure aesthetic. As ‚Äėreadymade paintings‚Äô they form a strange diptych, their cheap purpose-built textures become oddly possessing through their assertion of autonomy, creating a sense of the sublime through the ordinary fixtures of everyday life.