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Dennis Balk

American Fine Arts

Charting the points where the outer limits of theoretical physics meets the out-there limits of the metaphysical, Dennis Balk has created objects to go along with a discourse that hovers between real science and a science of the Real. Balk’s drawings on vinyl and Masonite sure look like science: there are computer-generated pictures of electromagnetic anomalies with names like “Houdini knot,” complete with impenetrable commentary, scrawled Magic Marker notations about “appearance frequency,” and plasma fields; there are rows of numbers and graphs where the y-axis equals time and the x-axis equals space. Elsewhere, you could immerse yourself more fully in the world that is, apparently, all around us by climbing under, and inside, a 360-degree display that hung from the ceiling. Using a Nova Jet printer, Balk reproduced various species of anomalous physical phenomena (the subject of all this

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