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Jim Roche

John Doyle Gallery

Jim Roche’s one-night performance of 10 tapes, selected from about 500 1970–75 audio pieces, has problems similar to his ongoing gallery show of drawings for park sites and photos of the installations. All the work as presented is little more than a tease. We see diagrams of mechanically animated horseshoe crabs, but where are the real ones for us to watch? We see aerial photos of Roche’s park sites as football-field float arrangements of flowers, mechanical toys, moats, etc., but the photos are small and 2-D, and the sites are massive and 3-D. Why no installation of flowers and moats in the gallery? I really do want to see and contact this material, but it’s all in Florida! That’s the tease. If it weren’t so provocative, the secondhand presentation wouldn’t hurt.

As for the tapes, we heard Roche’s thoughts but via tape recorder. Like an art-tribe around a chieftain tape-recorder, we listened

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