New York

Agnes Denes

James Yu Gallery

In a different way the problem of congruence between medium and message occurs in Agnes Denes’ work. Her drawings serve as diagrammatic explorations of her philosophical ideas. Yet the complex verbal thinking underlying the visual information is left out; the illustrations have no text. It is not so much that Denes’ visual explanations are inappropriate, it is rather that they are insufficient. For example, Pyramid Series #1 depicts several pyramids built up of wobbly lined units which suggest instability—as if the pyramids might crumble and have to be reformed. Several mathematical formulae describe the shapes, while elsewhere on the paper varying triangular configurations of will-effort-mind or conflict-survival-harmony are opposed to more static dual systems of life-death or day-night in which the third point of the triad is unknown. All of this might be seen as an implementation of

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