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Allan McCollum

John Weber Gallery

Allan McCollum’s latest series, “Natural Copies From the Coal Mines of Central Utah,” 1994–95, is equal parts Jurassic Park, Walter Benjamin, Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, Sol LeWitt, and even Franz West. Offering endless recastings of dinosaur tracks that have already undergone a natural casting process, this group of new works can be read as the third installment that began with the artists’ series “Lost Objects,” 1991–, (endless recastings of dinosaur bone fossils) and “The Dog from Pompeii,” 1990–, (endless recastings of that notoriously blackened and contorted canine form ).

Discovered by coal miners in the roofs of mines in central Utah as far back as the ’20s, the “natural” casts of dinosaur tracks were collected and eventually sold or donated to local museums. As McCollum points out, this means of collecting artifacts reflects not only a specific kind of folk taste but also

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