New York

Leandro Katz

The Clocktower

I’ve always felt that the tower room at the Clocktower has a ritualistic, almost sacrosanct feeling. Because of this, it was the perfect setting for Leandro Katz’s “Lunar Alphabet Series.” The show consisted primarily of two 100-by 90-inch panels, each of which included 72 black-and-white photographs arranged in a grid format, and one 60-by 5-foot roll of black paper covered with line drawings in white oil pastel. The subject matter of both the photographs and the drawings was the same: the face of the moon during the various phases of its monthly cycle.

At first glance, the pictures seemed to be arranged within the grid arbitrarily. Following no chronological or linear order, the various moon phases were juxtaposed to create graphic, nearly abstract design. The drawings on the roll of black paper formed a similar design, and seemed to unwind like calligraphy on a scroll. Draped from the

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