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Ján Mančuška

Andrew Kreps Gallery

The sculptural installation in Czech artist Ján Mančuška’s sophomore show at Andrew Kreps Gallery proposes that there are not only two sides to every story—there are three. Or, depending on how one counts, thirteen. True Story, 2005, consists of three sentences, their small words cut from aluminum and suspended at eye level on a thin steel cable anchored to the gallery walls. The “story” in question is banal enough: A man named Kenny waits in a car for a woman who might be his girlfriend; on the way to meet him she crosses paths with a black man who is running from the subway to catch a bus; this man boards the bus.

Each sentence relays the matter-of-fact tale from a different vantage point: Kenny wonders what’s taking the woman so long; she is frightened by the man’s running and waits until his bus pulls away before continuing to the car; the other man realizes that she has crossed the

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