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Lucas Samaras

Harcus/Krakow Gallery

Some years ago I saw a book covered with pins that Lucas Samaras had done and I looked up some other things he had done and thought I saw an interesting theme in them. The pin-coated book seemed to be about denying vision as a means of grasping things. Each pin seemed to take a point on the book’s surface and extend it to invisibility; the contours of a book are ordinarily quite clear and graspable, but the contours of this book led one outward in every direction until they disappeared in a shower of pinpoints. The book had been dematerialized in some sense and yet it had a tactile aggressiveness that was nightmarish and immediate; and that attenuation of material visible contour seemed to lead literally to the conversion of the book into a kind of fantasy object. I was fascinated by the idea that an object could be pushed into a fantastic dimension by having its visible limits dissolved.

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