PRINT January 1979

Working Through, Fold by Fold

At first I supposed that I should be able to overcome the contradiction quite easily, and that probably there was some trivial error in the reasoning. Gradually, however, it became clear that this was not the case. A contradiction essentially similar to that of Epimenides can be created by giving a person a piece of paper on which is written: “The statement on the other side of this paper is false.” The person turns the paper over, and finds on the other side: “The statement on the other side of this paper is true.” It seemed unworthy of a grown man to spend his time on such trivialities, but what was I to do?1

Paradox is an ecstasy, then a loss—one of the most intense.2

WHEN WRITERS DESCRIBE DORETHEA ROCKBURNE’S art, they usually comment with considerable sincerity on the way the drawings and paintings “make themselves.” This reading accepts Rockburne’s ingenious written pun (in titles)

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