Gedi Sibony‘s current exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis features frugally elegant sculptures made from a span of mundane materials. Wittily titled My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms, this is Sibony’s first solo show in a museum. His tender brand of minimalism seems especially appropriate during an economic downturn; his work acknowledges the lyrical potential of things that are fairly unexceptional and gives them new cultural purpose (in W Magazine 2008 Art Issue, Sibony was quoted as saying of his materials, “I did something to these objects; they kept me company . . . I can’t help but look at them as something that reflects me”).
The museum’s chief curator, Anthony Huberman, who organized My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms, expresses his excitement about Sibony’s work in the above video (he is equally excited in the handful of accompanying videos viewable on the museum’s youtube page).
Sibony, who received a BA from Brown University in 1995 and an MFA from Columbia in 2000, participated in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and also appeared in last year’s Unmonumental at the New Museum. My Arms Are Tied continues through April 19th.