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Andrew Topolski

Elga Wimmer PCC

Andrew Topolski’s late-spring exhibition “North, South, East, West” charted his interest in scientific, musical, and architectural systems. The works assembled here resembled precise scientific instruments and graphs, but were actually more like props for a philosophical debate than precision tools. Self-referential and nonutilitarian, they drew on eclectic sources, ranging from mathematical diagrams and musical scores to old master works and the writings of Herman Melville. Topolski seemed less preoccupied with the functions to which these objects allude than with their aesthetic or didactic qualities: evoking numerous, often competing, associations, these works suggested an imaginary voyage to a universe where dreams and science collide.

Navigator I, 1995, was printed on a copper plate coated with a claylike material and composed of a series of juxtaposed, overlapping images that included

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