New York

Allan McCollum

John Weber Gallery

Allan McCollum presented more than 2,000 framed drawings, created from some 200 infinitesimally varied and variously combined plastic templates, in a dense salon-style arrangement. Though the repealed images sat mutely one next to the other, together they had the force of an invasion. With blind fecundity, McCollum’s drawings seem to replicate without teleological intent or vanity of purpose. As in all of his work, the frightening spector of repetitive psychosis looms large. By presenting numerically limitless objects, all derived from the same host, McCollum presents a kind of user’s manual for modern living. His project delivers the perverse joy of the identical lines in a K-Mart store, but divorced from use. It is consumption unalloyed by righteous needfulness; the bland presentation of the underbelly of capitalism.

Apart from the terror of the ultimate null set, McCollum is simultaneously

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