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Siah Armajani

Storm King Art Center

Both this exhibition and a concurrent one at Max Protetch gallery in New York were filled with continuities, as well as departures, from Siah Armajani’s earlier work. While his interest in the political structure of American public spaces remains, two recent series (entitled “Streets,” 1992–93 and “Notations on Streets,” 1992) condense the artist’s familiar examinations of architecture and artifacts in small tableaux of corrugated cardboard, props for model-train sets and doll houses, and found materials. These diminutive studies manipulated conventions of presentation (combining and confusing plan, section, diagram, and perspective) and the relationship between representational models and actual objects. Armajani uses the poetry of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams as a basis for his collagelike structures and constructions. In his exploration of the regional peculiarities of

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