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Lynda Benglis

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Lynda Benglis showed videotapes at Paula Cooper’s which seemed simultaneously boring, interesting, and funny. But there’s no point getting entangled trying to explain such an apparently contradictory response. Most of the time, the content of Benglis’ videotapes is another monitor screen, which sometimes shows still another monitor screen. Much of what appears on the screens is the visual static which occurs when a monitor is on, but the tape has run out. However in these tapes, the tape hasn’t necessarily run out at all. Usually the visual static is at one remove or more from the machine we’re watching; it is on the monitor pictured in the tape. When the camera zooms in on the monitor so that the static fills the entire screen, there is no way of telling whether the static is the picture or the result of the tape’s being over—no way, that is, except for the noise. Most of the tapes have

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