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Lutz Bacher, Big Boy, 1992, fabric, stuffing, faux fur, paint, 96 × 46 × 24".

The whole useless body was invaded by transparency. Little by little the body turned to light. . . . And the person was no longer anything but a sign among the constellations.1

THIS EPIGRAPH, taken from Louis Aragon, appears twice in Lutz Bacher’s handwritten notes from the period during which Closed Circuit, 1997–2000, was being edited. As she described it,

Closed Circuit is the 40 minute digital animation of video stills taken from a year of time lapse video recordings which show a fixed camera perspective of the office of my NY art dealer, Pat Hearn. In the autumn of the year 1997 the animation unfolds in narrative-like sequences around the working interactions of the woman at the center of the universe of her small office. Into the winter and spring this orderly and legible context is transformed by a changeable light source and disrupted by the rapidly accelerating montage.
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