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Tom Doyle

Brata Cooperative

A characterological feature of Tom Doyle’s mind, his bonhomie, has consistently allowed him to confuse the weather vane with the wind. He tends to lock modes together rather than isolate particularities. You might think that this is a conflict in irreducibles; that he is where he is and I am where I am. My only argument is history. Styles are moved by analysts not synthesists. The numerous clues that Doyle exposes in the new work deal with the eccentric Constructivism inherent in much of post-Minimalist sensibility. Working in gunmetal polyvinyl chloride sheeting, Doyle has made a variety of gestural incisions in the substance much like those made in the cutting of linoleum, forming scoops and hollows by screwing seams together or curling edges under heat. The enforced shortenings and tensions inherent in this Constructivism lead to an objectification of buckled planes. But recognizing

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