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Alex Hanimann

Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine

Rhythmically placed groups of numbers from 0 to 9 marked the one hundred sheets of a linoleum cut edition, printed in red and black and framed, which Alex Hanimann placed on three walls of the gallery. While there is an indifference to individual numbers, certain groupings are readily identifiable: 1492, 1789, 1933, etc. As quickly as these historical dates promise an overall context, they just as quickly dissipate into plays on other numbers within a field of number codes. Arithmetic series, product codes, personal dates, betting numbers from horse races, or the lottery are all evoked. The red accents of individual sheets represent another ordering system. There is no single system. Finally, there is only the ordering of the images that produces a tension with the other systems, suggesting a multiplicity of meanings. The singularity of meaning is contrasted with the unlimited possibilities

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