Amherst

Richard Fleischner

University Of Massachusetts

Adjacent to the University of Massachusetts football stadium in Amherst stands an 8-foot-tall chain-link fence encompassing an area some 60 feet square. Containing neither the tennis courts nor the electrical transformers we might expect within such industrial fencing, the metallic webwork is, instead, the perimeter of Richard Fleischner’s newest sited work, Chain Link Maze.

Surely the experience of walking through a convoluted corridor flanked by a mesh fence doesn’t sound like anybody’s idea of a pleasurable or engaging experience. Over the past few years, however, several artists—Bruce Nauman and Mary Miss come immediately to mind—have used similar materials in smaller works with effects very different from Fleischner’s. In fact, he has given us what we least expect, transforming the mesh into a shimmering translucent edge, defining the rectilinear exterior of his work in the otherwise

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