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Mitchell Syrop

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Mitchell Syrop’s gargantuan installation of approximately 900 high-school-yearbook photos possessed a peculiar subtlety. The aluminum supports, which Syrop calls “extrusions,” and the gridlike stacking of rectangular images lent this work an industrial, living-on-top-of-eachother, cell-block quality. Blown up via laser printing to 8 1/2 by 11 inches, the photographs were assembled into ten separate male and female Caucasian “constellations” of 500, 300, 24, 12, etc., ranging in size from 14 by 27 feet to 24 by 35 inches.

Though these photographs reeked of institutional control—as in a roll call, everyone must be accounted for—Syrop tinkered with the student body to construct a strange white world with many loaded gaps. While the enormous size of RFG Main Group—Male, 1974–92, and RFG Main Group—Female, 1988–92, made them “museum scale” pieces, the works evoked a stadium

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