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Boskovich and I

IN HIS WELL-KNOWN PARABLE “Borges and I,” Jorge Luis Borges drove a linguistic wedge between Borges the writer and Borges the individual, creating, in effect, two Borges. “I live, let myself go on living,” he wrote, “so that Borges may contrive his literature, and this literature justifies me.” This dislocation between the ego and the self expressed in the art object, and so between the ego and the art object itself, is of a type common in post-Structural thought, for example in the split between signifier and signified. Predictably, its popularity with many conceptual artists has taken on a pluralistic guise, linking issues of authorship, originality, and persona with elements of Michel Foucault’s sociology, Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalysis, and Roland Barthes’ late rhetorical excursions into language as depersonalized desire.

John Boskovich’s mixed-media wall pieces, most of them declared

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