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Mark Luyten

Micheline Szwajcer

In an essay published by the Douglas Hyde gallery in Dublin in 1985, Philippe-Andre Rihoux wrote, “To see the work of Mark Luyten is to explore the weavings and interactions of neutral planes, the interferences of literary and artistic categories. His work has its roots in literature, in a poetic substratum which provides both stability and stimulus for growth.” Over the past ten years, Luyten has consistently explored the area between categories like painting, photography, literature, landscape, and portraiture, and has fashioned a body of work that is intricately tied to the notion of this investigation, to the possibility of expanding these categories by creating combinations that confront and challenge the spectator.

This exhibition extended his approach by incorporating ideas of absence, repetition, and chronology. The main gallery included four works. Untitled, 1991, features a large,

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