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Leif Brush

N.A.M.E. Gallery

Leif Brush advocates the so-called marriage of art and technology, a union which in the past has produced frivolous experiments with sophisticated techniques, ecology-oriented demonstrations all too familiar to rural audiences, and reminders of Chemistry 101 experiments with the basic properties of vital substances. Starting with the 1960’s GRAV and New Tendencies protests at human domination, art-and-technology sometimes came with an appeal to conscience, and Sonfist and Haacke still protest a potential ultimate extermination of natural processes by technology.

But Brush announces a personal charisma, its first clue being the many ways his name appears on a piece: welded into a bolt, stamped in wood near a code number, inscribed in ink below a fuse socket. And while his work is a “mode of enquiry”—to use Jonathan Benthall’s phrase—comparable to science, the results of his enquiries are

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