In his first solo exhibition since 2007, photographer Randy West presents eight new works in the series Tethered. As the two-dimensionalizing culmination in a process in which the artist crumples up his own rejected images, the sculptural forms that are created are photographed, a gesture that both relates the final work to their original unwanted images and re-imagines them into new photograhs. The results are vibrant, interesting and formally satisfying. West has managed to make his second show at Bruce Silverstein Gallery a success and it seems somehow meaningful that he has done so by reworking his unwanted material. “My act was a response to what someone else wanted or didn’t want. For better or worse it was a need to be accommodating and accepted." He has figured out a way to turn his percieved failures into an investigation of line and form. Tethered is on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery through September 17, 2011.