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Amikam Toren

Chisenhale Gallery, Anthony Reynolds Gallery

Performance, process and theatricality are the indices of esthetic production that have come to dominate our thinking about art. The work of Amikam Toren feasts on the ironic complexities of this situation, addressing meaning in art through the transubstantiation of form.

In a series of pictures inaugurated in 1983, entitled “Of the Times” (exhibited at Chisenhale Gallery), as well as in a recent, related series, “Armchair Paintings” 1989–91 (exhibited at Anthony Reynolds Gallery), Toren creates objects out of their own substance. “Of the Times” is comprised of canvases covered with a grayish emulsion made from the pulps of a single day’s edition of the London Times and mixed with acrylic medium applied in the form of rough geometric configurations. The images on several canvases consist of intentionally inchoate letterform details. A radically reduced set of alphabetic signs is thus

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