Claude Closky: 10, 20, 30 & 40% (3 stars)

French avant-savant artist exhibits new series of minatures at Summerhall

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Claude Closky: 10, 20, 30 & 40%

Photo: Courtesy xpo gallery and Laurent Godi

They could be pages torn from an art-zine, an architect's portfolio or a sketchpad given to pre-schools on a rainy day, such is the playful but matter-of-fact show-and-don't-tellness of French avant-savant Claude Clocky’s new series of miniatures. Spread across four rooms in ascending or descending numerical order depending on which way you go at it, a series of black ballpoint-pen lines mark out assorted patterns on white paper sheets that fade into the background of barely-there clip-frames or matching white wooden ones which form a kind of camouflage in which even the bare floorboards seem to be in on the act.

The lines themselves sit side-by-side by Closky, or form squares, curves and triangles that could have been created using an old-school Spirograph set or else Etch-A-Sketched into being to make up end-of term games of noughts and crosses, battleships and hangman. The percentages themselves, scrawled at the bottom of each sheet like an exam mark, hint at what's missing, with either 90, 80, 70 or 60% presumably beyond the frame and occupying somewhere bigger. With brown wrapping paper and green card cut-outs the only colours of the spectrum beyond neutral on show, they're not the only things here that aren't black and white.

Summerhall, Edinburgh until Sep 26.

Claude Closky: 10, 20, 30 & 40%

French conceptualist Closky has been acclaimed for his deadpan sense of humour; an early work, The first thousand numbers classified in alphabetical order, is exactly what it sounds like, starting 'Eight, eight hundred, eight hundred and eight [ …]' and ending ten pages later with 'two hundred and two'. In this…

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