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Francesc Torres

Capp Street Project/AVT

At the center of Francesc Torres’ new installation, Destiny, Entropy, and Junk, 1990, a ten-minute, fuguelike videotape projection was beamed from above onto a nineby-eighteen-foot patch of salt on the main gallery floor. Surrounding the highly reflective, makeshift screen sat seven luxury cars—a Jaguar, a Cadillac, a BMW, a Corvette, and so on—all exhibiting varying degrees of front-end-collision damage. Torres borrowed the sedans from a local AAA garage for the duration of the show (fittingly, the Capp Street building is an ex–body shop). Next to the cars stood shiny steel showroom display markers framing head shots of the large German-culture-hero statues that lined the Siegesallee (Avenue of victory) in Berlin’s Tiergarten from the 1880s until the late 1940s when, having been severely battered during World War II, the statues were removed and buried on the grounds of the Schloss

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