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Nancy Dwyer

Meyers/Bloom Gallery

Nancy Dwyer’s recent work—here represented by six sculptures and three paintings—is about the mechanics of public and personal communication, the density and mystery of common words. The works call to mind the way the world speaks to people through advertisements. Dwyer uses the strategy an ad man might employ if it were contemplation his clients were after instead of giggles, seduction, and submission. This exhibition engaged viewers and posed troubling, indirect questions: How about your life? What’s your problem?

Love Life (all works, 1988) is a very large gray painting with gold 3-D-looking letters that spell out the title. The huge metallic letters sleep at the base of the canvas, which is painted a carnal red. The phrase comes at you like a branding iron and sears its ambiguous message onto your brain, appropriate to the all-encompassing and treacherous territory. The steel-gray

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