Angus Fairhurst

Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie (CFA)

Angus Fairhurst takes an unusual approach to collage: iconoclasm and censorship. “Body and text removed” is the refrain in the titles of these works, which were constructed out of magazine ads and billboards—and with a sharp pair of scissors. Instead of simply leaving blank spaces behind the removed bodies and words, Fairhurst superimposes more cutout pages to produce complex layers of advertisements whose messages and messengers have gone missing.

These collages demand detective work and voyeurism; they combine the efforts of a puzzle, where the image is known but must be reconstructed, with the pleasures of peekaboo, where the image cannot be seen in its entirety. In Three double pages from a magazine, body and text removed, 2004, a beauty lounging on a couch becomes a window revealing other objects, shapes, and rooms in the outline of her banished body. The billboards—four, five, or six

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