New York

Simone Forti

Sonnabend Gallery

Simone Forti is a dancer and sometimes performance artist whose work has involved such movements as young children and animals make. I have not seen her perform, but by most accounts there is a good deal of the primitive in her dancing, as it employs and describes motions that are supposedly un- or precivilized, and in her talk as well, where she refers freely and eclectically to various mysticisms.

Her recent show (produced with the technical help of Lloyd Cross) consisted of holographic images of her, lit by candles and mounted on the wall or, in the central and best piece, on an orange crate. Although the ostensible purpose of the pieces was to give a three-dimensional picture of Forti dancing, they render her so crudely that it is hard to see much of what she is doing, let alone to grasp the nuances of her movements. This is no defect, though; instead, the holograms’ crudeness lets the

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