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  • Kelley Walker, Untitled, 2007, four-color process silkscreen on canvas with newspaper, 48 x 96".

    Kelley Walker

    MAGASIN - Centre National d'Art Contemporain
    8 esplanade Andry Farcy Site Bouchayer-Viallet
    October 7 - January 6

    Curated by Yves Aupetitallot

    Kelley Walker takes mass-media images (ads, magazine covers, mug shots of Michael Jackson) and subjects them to various manipulations—scanning, cropping, rotating, enlarging, abstracting, superimposing, sometimes using toothpaste or chocolate at various points along the way. The resulting artworks—whether screenprints, CD-ROMS, sculptures, or posters—behave more like waves than like particles, in that their materiality seems less at issue than the processes of their dissemination and the velocity at which they move across sites of reproduction. This exhibition, curated by Yves Aupetitallot, is the artist’s first institutional solo show and consists of some thirty pieces, most of them new works created for the occasion. The tension between Walker’s practice and the basic premise of a monographic exhibition—the consolidation or fixing-in-place of a body of work—should prove productive. Travels to WIELS, Brussels, April-May 2008.