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Arakawa

Dwan Gallery

In this, his second exhibition at this gallery, Arakawa shows a series of large canvases designed to look like blueprints. But they are blueprints of an imagination steeped in the history of 20th-century art. They refer simply to schematic explications of recent formal and idealic concepts with special reference to Jasper Johns and Marcel Duchamp, but there appears to be little in the way of any real dialogue or critical stance; rather, one finds a simple, personalized restatement of the ideas of these other artists.

Arakawa’s only formal contribution is in his use of color, which tends to add to the mechanical blue and white look of a real blueprint evidence of the artist’s hand by altering the white lines with subtle, changing colors and by writing, occasionally, the word, “mistake” along with some scribbles in red chalk. In all, one is left with a sense of some pretty color and a tremendous

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