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Henrik Oleson

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Although he has spent the past few years generating an Aby Warburg–type atlas of “faggy gestures” found throughout art history, Berlin-based, Danish artist Henrik Olesen took, for his first solo show in the United States, only one man as muse: mathematician Alan Turing (1912–1954). A cult figure to many, Turing is credited with both breaking Germany’s World War II Enigma code and developing the first modern computer. He was also gay; charged as such under British law, he chose to accept state-administered “corrective” hormone therapy over incarceration. A few years after his trial, Turing, biting into a cyanide-coated apple, committed suicide.

This last detail has particular resonance in Olesen’s installation, which, in embodying the complex circuitry of Turing’s persona, seemed to project the figure as fabled character. Rendering the exhibition as a dispersed portrait, Olesen depicted

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