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Lyn Blumenthal

N.A.M.E. Gallery

Lyn Blumenthal’s new installation begins with a layer of powdered and pebbled bitumen strewn over two 13-foot by 15-foot areas side by side on the gallery floor. This is a natural, chaotic, or antiform “nonarrangement,” which emphasizes the various material properties within each area’s bounds. Coal crystals reflect the light, and the powder absorbs it. Bumps and particles make a varied content that is easily bypassed in faster, nonsensual, outside-the-gallery situations—a frequent problem with Earthworks and outdoor installations.

But Blumenthal also introduces form. Across the center of one floor area a row of twigs is lined up, with white string run from one side to the other, over the twigs standing upright in the middle. Each length of string is about three inches from the next, and the resulting paths form isosceles triangles over the bitumen-base “hypotenuse.” In the second floor

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