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Corban Walker: Perceptual Encounters
by John Gayer

It could be argued that Corban Walker, who will represent Ireland at the 54th Venice Biennale this year, stands as one of Minimalism’s most talented heirs. Take, for example, his “Grid Stacks” series (2007), glass works that echo Robert Smithson’s Glass Stratum (1967). Executed with intense precision, these vitreous constructions prove how the mundane process of placing one thing atop another can lead to the production of alluringly complex visual structures. Other stacked works include the more architectural Untitled (10 x 4 Miter) (2009), recently shown at the Pace Gallery in New York.


Mapping Hugh Lane, 2009. Plexiglas and timber, 2 elements: 305 x 304.5 x 406 cm.


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