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Bill Walton

Larry Becker Contemporary Art

A contradictory relationship to a Minimalist esthetic creates both visual tension and much that is poetically demanding in Bill Walton’s new work. In an exhibition entitled “Letters, Memos,” 13 pieces were divided into two rooms, each offering a different perspective on installation art, and a variation on ways of recording and communicating fragments of experience. The viewer’s response to the objects, apparently simple geometric forms, was partly determined by the physical aspects of the installation. Individually, the piece tracked the relationship between memory and experience; collectively, these would-be-mute forms offered themselves as an accumulation of the hard remains of feelings once felt. Most of the pieces were small, recalling standard 8 1/2-by-11 inch paper, physical representations of the letters and memos referred to in the title of the exhibition.

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