New York

Joseph Nechvatal

The Kitchen

Joseph Nechvatal is a man obsessed. But unlike most obsessives who turn to art, it is not so much the procedure of art-making that haunts him (though there is some evidence that it does) but rather a subject matter—and that subject is nuclear holocaust. He just cannot stop worrying about what will happen if the leaders of this country continue on their path of military growth and confrontation.

It is a big worry, and Nechvatal has big ambitions for the art he makes from it. So far he has not been able to realize those ambitions, though he has apparently tried his hand at a large-scale mural in Hartford, Connecticut. Most of his work to date, however, has been small in scale, small drawings which can be carried in a suitcase. As one looks at the gray scrawl of these drawings the overall network of lines slowly breaks down to reveal the outlines of figures and objects. It is uncertain whether

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