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Andrea Robbins and Max Becher

Basilico Fine Arts

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher take charmingly deadpan, documentary-style photographs in which seemingly nothing much happens, but, in fact, a lot does. Take the series about cigars: seven photos of nearly identical ends of cigars, complete with nearly identical bands. There are two cigars in each frame, laid side by side, as if for the purpose of comparison; there’s also a framed text that goes along with the photos, explaining, in the same deadpan style, that these images juxtapose Cuban and Cuban-exile versions of various cigar brands. Another, equally deadpan, series depicts fossilized dinosaur tracks (one per frame this time) and is also accompanied by “informational” text, explaining the most recent theories about dinosaurs. And finally, there’s a series of photographs showing—according to the accompanying explanatory text—the strange but true perceptual distortions that occur in an

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