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Becky Singleton

Art Metropole

Becky Singleton’s book-work entitled Four Dials, 1990, assembles in a single multi-sleeved case four of her “What Can I Say” dials made between 1984 and 1989. The dials look like palm-size picture-sizing wheels, each made of two cardboard circles riveted together at the center. The smaller top circle is cut through with a window and is meant to be revolved over the larger bottom wheel. The outer rim poses various rhetorical questions and the window on the inner rim selects the appropriate answer.

In Dial #2, the following questions appear: “What can I say on reaching out to grasp the Truth?” “What can I say on literally grasp-ing the Truth?” “What can I say on grasping the Truth singlehandedly?” and “What can I say on grasping the Truth with both hands?” Instructions read: “Turn the dial and see what you can say.” The answer choices are: “I’m about to grasp the Truth,” “I’ve got a hold on

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