Doug MacWithey

Barry Whistler Gallery

At the center of this exhibition was a large wooden construction titled An Incomplete Map of Limbo, 1988—three open-ended, rectangular plywood boxes coated in a flat, nondescript house paint. A paint line still shows where the wood has been joined together. Once-functional nails protrude needlessly and somewhat menacingly from a few of the boxes, which are joined roughly with strips of unpainted lumber and pieces of a wooden crate. The whole contraption was hung from the ceiling by heavy wires, touching the gallery floor at one end and arcing improbably across the room. The piece demonstrates an oblique, but undeniable logic in its construction. Starting with the basic structure of the box, MacWithey attempts both to actualize and defeat certain laws of perspective and perception. He alters sight lines in order to make certain sections seem smaller or larger, narrower or wider. What he

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