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Francoise Schein

Sarah Y. Rentschler Gallery

Most observers of urban life are intrigued with the explosion of scale that has occurred as 19th-century cities have become the metropolises of the late 20th century. Everything seems denser, vaster, and ungainly. But the most dramatic, yet less perceptible, shift in scale has actually occurred in the opposite direction, in the implosion of form and thought into the microchips of the computer-based technology that has become the principal operating force in large cities. This great disjunction of information and scale has led to a collective malaise and a pervasive sense of disreality.

Françoise Schein has produced a remarkable series of public art proposals and projects that are an attempt to bridge consciousness and reality, observable phenomena and imperceptible scale. Her process is disturbingly literal and richly metaphorical: she reproduces at various scales the circuits on which our

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