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Wallace & Donohue

John Weber Gallery

Through their collaborative efforts, Wallace & Donohue continue to exploit Modernist icons and idioms. The monochrome field as an armature in which to incorporate various objects has become their signature style. In each piece a monochrome tableau floats about two feet in front of the wall. The surface is nothing more than a stage prop, an artificial veneer. In fact, Wallace & Donohue emphatically reveal the elaborate framework of wooden braces and cantilevering planes that support these facades. Like privileged visitors allowed to peer behind the artificial building facades of a Hollywood movie set, we are able to see more than what is edited by the single locus of the camera.

Wallace & Donohue’s monochromes are simple quadrangles emptied of content. They serve as an arena wherein other events occur. In the diptych Rotating Chairs, 1988, a wooden chair is suspended in a green monochrome

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