New York

Dennis Balk

American Fine Arts

No two Dennis Balk exhibitions are ever alike. Over the course of two decades of work in New York, he has diagrammed quasi-historical vignettes on sets of cloth dinner napkins; written plays for the theater, some of which were linked to sculptural props displaced to a gallery; displayed raw vegetables on folding tables; and constructed machines that measure unseen forces (which were contingent on the viewer’s physical participation). He has written a novella concerning, among other things, secret knowledge in ancient Egypt, and he currently writes on topics of interest in nanotechnology and physics. At times he reveals himself to be a vintage-variety Conceptual artist, in that inquiries and sets of ideas are always presented as the basis of the work and underlie their ever-changing material means. And yet he is also a visionary artist with a hermeneutic bent and a quest—to make visible

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