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Michael Banicki

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For the past ten years or so, Michael Banicki has been producing “Ratings,” drawings and paintings in the form of seemingly objective graphs or charts, recording his subjective preferences within categories ranging from North American Birds to World War II Planes.

Some of Banicki’s subjects, such as early jazz tenor sax players or the artists mentioned in H. W. Janson’s History of Art, fall within fields that place high value on cultivated discrimination. In other cases, the artist deliberately explores categories—Chicago Telephone Exchanges or the numbers between one and one hundred—in which such preferences seem groundless.

Once he selects a rubric, Banicki fastidiously maps his choices on small grids. Stretching up to nine square feet, the pieces can involve thousands of individual decisions. From the initial determination of a category, to the selection of colors with which to record

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