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Brett De Palma

Fawbush Gallery

Brett De Palma works in the Surrealist tradition of the poetic object, but with a fresh sense of intimacy of scale and ease of creation—of unforced combination of incongruent (often found) objects. His works have a whimsical irony to them, as though not certain whether they wanted to be taken seriously or to function as toys. But as Charles Baudelaire reminded us over a century ago, toys are quite serious forms, even epitomizing imagination; and as Donald Winnicott has told us in this century, they are “transitional objects,” simultaneously fantasy and reality, and as such epitomize culture. The toylike aspect of De Palma’s works is used to sneak in and to cover for a serious heroic/mythological content, implied by the titles. It’s as though the Greek hero Achilles and the Egyptian god Ra could only exist in our secular world in the cunningly abbreviated form that De Palma gives them. In

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