New York

Terry Fox

Ronald Feldman Gallery

This recent exhibition by Europe-based performance and sound artist Terry Fox consisted of two parts, a suite of 21 drawings/constructions and an installation. Both seemed concerned with the issue of language, as if exploring its trajectory through social, political, and artistic spheres, and tracing the transmutations thereby incurred. The former works, entitled “Catch Phrases,” are mixed media objects in each of which three layers of phrases are superposed. The first layer, penciled over a 3-by-5-foot paper sheet, transcribes the emanations of newspapers and radio broadcasts; faint checkerboard squares each contain, and retain, one letter, the grid as a whole spelling out such loaded if vernacular messages as “death squad,” “electronic evidence,” and “friendly authoritarian regimes.” Over these Fox superposes felt-pen images of graffiti found on the walls of different European cities,

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