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“Two Aspects of Illusion”

Finch College Museum

Two Aspects of Illusion is a two-man show at Finch College of paintings by Michael Mazur and constructions related to paintings by Paul Gedeohn. The more interesting work is Gedeohn’s. He stretches clear plastic sheets over wooden canvas supports and paints spare geometric configurations on the plastic.This results in the painted lines appearing to bring the wooden stretcher forward so that the work as a whole seems to sit in an illusionistic space. The best are those painted in black with the lines running to the edge of the plastic surface. The kind of illusion generated by Gedeohn’s compositions requires an acknowledgment of the literal terms in which it occurs. The unelaborated use of the stretcher itself is, of course, already a literal aspect, but its literalness is not automatically acknowledged. The right kind of acknowledgment takes place only where the painted lines and the

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