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Sight Unseen on Jos Devriendt

A Belgian Sculptor on the Perils of Minimalism

For Devriendt, engaging the viewer is key and minimalism is meaningless without interesting combinations of colors, materials and light. In fact, it is his exploration of the latter, which he defines as “functional sculpture,” that fills the majority of the exhibition: His ongoing “Night and Day” series features anthropomorphic, often mushroom-shaped lamps which are illuminated by natural light during the day and by LED bulbs at night. In their own way, they challenge our assumptions about the purpose of sculpture and the idea of daring to mimic nature itself.

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