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Kocot and Hatten

Jessica Berwind Gallery; Levy Gallery

Scale/Ratio, 1988–89, is a collaborative installation by the artist team of Marcia Kocot and Tom Hatten. Its most demanding and rewarding feature is that it occupies the exhibition space of two distinctive galleries and relies on the viewer’s having seen both in order fully to experience the piece. The Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art is a large institutional space, beautiful (by contemporary standards) in its white readiness to receive works of art. The Jessica Berwind Gallery is a small 19th-century residence-turned-gallery made up of two nearly square rooms, complete with fireplaces and original architectural details. The difference in the size and character of these spaces affects the reception of the work and quickly identifies the issue of context as a primary concern. Furthermore, it establishes the scale/ratio theme as central to this work’s visual play of resemblance and

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