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WARTS AND ALL: THE ART OF ALEXANDER ROSS

THERE IS A PLACE ON THE CONTINUUM OF VISUAL EXPERIENCE WHERE THE DISTINCTION between natural and geometric form dissolves. Actually there are several such places, and the zones in which difference blurs overlap, such that one can speak of a multidimensional matrix at the core of which the macrocosmic and microcosmic, the organic and the geological, the living and the dead are confounded.

This metamorphic space has long been the preoccupation of science and the playground of science fiction. Thanks to saturation advertising, “matrix” is now a universal buzzword for the digital template in which all mathematical conflations and mutations of given reality occur. One must not forget that in the Wachowski brothers’ space opera, as in most of its ilk, the basic technologies of fantasy are in large part self-consciously retro. To give just one example, consider the machines that, by way of a few

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