New York

William Wegman

Sonnabend Gallery

Like Buster Keaton, William Wegman seems to lack a regular sense of humor. He operates in total and sustained seriousness, oblivious to his effect and to the discrepancy between his situation and the one from which he is observed. He shares with Keaton a consistently straight face and his own innate and appropriate sense of timing. Unlike Keaton, however, Wegman is not a misfit at odds with a larger, more powerful, and normal world, who, at the end of some epic, ultimately wins, proving himself right as well as funny. Wegman, as either performer or character, is not the central issue of the work; he remains relatively anonymous, almost invisible. Nor is there any real narrative in an extended sense, although Wegman is quite interested in different kinds of narration and their discrepancies. Wegman works with video in his studio in an intimate manner, one which excludes the “normal world”

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