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JEAN GENET: THE COURTESY OF OBJECTS

A BOWLER HAT, a dressing table, a scrum of silver-painted shoes; a Roxy Music record, a movie poster, a school of carp in an indoor pond: Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s installations are spaces in which the cultural unconscious becomes, however fleetingly, an embodied reality. As viewers wander through the artist’s immersive amalgams of sounds, images, and objects, they may encounter the sheen of high-modernist design or the glitter of the 1970s London underground in which the artist began his career. Yet just as often, mirrored surfaces, pools of colored light, flickering projections, and murmuring sound tracks undermine coherent readings, while surface decoration threatens to swallow the whole. Within this exploded Gesamtkunstwerk, legibility dissolves into synesthetic scatter.

Dispersions and fusions likewise animate the seven collages on the pages that follow, which are part of a

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