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Keith Beckley, Jeffrey Bishop and Norie Sato

Linda Farris Gallery

Norie Sato is known primarily for her video art. Featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s February Projects Video XXIV, she has included those tapes in the Linda Farris showing and accompanied them with a new suite of her nonidentical editions of prints on laminated vegetable-fiber papers.

The prints set up random collections of tiny, sparse hand-colored dots on a gray ground. The individually applied gouache, watercolor and aluminum powder act (within a formal context) like stray electronic activity on a TV screen, and vertical lines mimic the Trinitron grid. Paused Relief, Retrace Shadows and Cross Pulse attempt to capture calculated video phenomena such as diagonal bands, horizontal flips and electronic interference. They relate to the videotapes in image only, for the craftsmanlike application of paint in the prints is austere and restrained compared to the tapes.

For an artist who admits

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