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Meg Cranston

Jeffrey Linden Gallery

Assemblage art has proceeded along two lines: the pictorial and the enigmatic. The former developed within the context of painting and sculpture and is exemplified in the works of Schwitters and Rauschenberg. The enigmatic assemblage occurs without such reference; the makers of these objects are, to borrow a line from James Joyce, involved “in a private fantasy of calculation.” Examples exist in non-Western fetishes, many Dada and Surrealist works, and the early works of such artists as George Brecht, Bruce Conner, and William Wiley.

In her first solo exhibition, Meg Cranston continues this line of enigmatic assemblage, with 13 pieces (all from 1988) that occupied the walls, floor, and ceiling of the gallery like stage props in a giant reliquary. Most are assembled from very conventional objects, though sometimes with eccentric variations (wooden shoes, antique crutches, and such). There

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