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Richard Nonas

Clocktower Productions

Richard Nonas’ work isn’t systematic in the sense of an ordering entirely generated by a preconceived idea of sequence, or an ordering that proceeds from a closely formulated set of rules. It is systematic, however, in its use of a single unit as the matrix for each piece, where each piece is the result of putting together several units all of which are exactly alike, and in the suggestion that this gives rise to of an infinite proliferation of orderings using the same components. In this respect Nonas’ work relates to Dorothea Rockburne’s Drawings which make themselves.

Nonas’ exhibition at The Clocktower utilized the space in a way that drew attention to his sculpture’s absolute dependence on material signification. On the bottom floor of the show—which took up three floors, two containing sculpture and one drawings—six pieces were exhibited. All of these sculptures fit into a floor space

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