New York

Alan Sonfist

Paley & Lowe

Alan Sonfist’s Landscape in comparison with all this, makes him look like a “naturalist.” The small section of actual forest he has trans ported to the gallery floor is presented as if it were a piece of evidence in the Museum of Natural History. There are a variety of reference frames and scales of observation through which we may view it. First we see it in terms of his experience of it. An excerpt from his diary outlines his discovery of the site and details his reactions on various lev els while it describes the discrete units he encounters there with charming fulsomeness. Next we have a photograph of the particular site, plus tiny detail photos of each of its recognizable parts, laid out on the gallery floor in the same relative positions they occupied in reality. Further on we have the material itself, positioned identically to its locations in reality and in the photo graphs. We

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