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George Stone

Meyers/Bloom Gallery

George Stone’s latest kinetic installation, Men and Women, 1991, consists of twin metal mechanisms, mounted from floor to ceiling in the middle of an otherwise empty gallery, each holding a video monitor that moves up, down, and around the structure of shiny metal poles. The videotapes show slow camera pans that move along and around the nude figures of a man or a woman, gradually revealing every inch of the subjects’ flesh. It becomes quickly apparent that the motions of the monitors in the gallery mimic exactly the movements in space of the cameras that tracked the now-absent figures.

The monitors and their armatures orbit above metal bases that house each machine’s guiding electronics, suggesting a couple of ghost detectors whose video emissions reveal the otherwise unseen phantoms standing on the platforms. The oddly harmonic drone of the machinery provides an aural counterpoint to the

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