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A SCANNER DARKLY: THE ART OF LUCIE STAHL

Lucie Stahl, Power Aid, 2012, ink-jet print, UV-resistant lacquer, polyurethane, 65 3/4 x 47 1/4".

THERE IS SOMETHING ARRESTINGLY ARTIFICIAL about the work of Lucie Stahl, an aura of highly elaborate staging. Working with an off-the-shelf scanner, Stahl creates large-format posters in which found photographs, many drawn from mass media, are arranged in disorienting montages along with snippets of text, objects such as Pringles cans or dead leaves, and any number of other elements. In her more recent work, the Vienna-based artist’s own hands are often featured prominently, hovering just above the scanner bed as if to verify, with an almost comic explicitness, that these compositions are just that—composed, crafted, fabricated. The fact that Stahl coats her ink-jet prints in polyurethane, giving them a liquid sheen, underscores their synthetic quality. At the same time, the glimmer of the polyurethane has the effect of unifying the heterogeneous fragments; the resulting

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