New York

Alfredo Jaar

Galerie Lelong & Co.

Alfredo Jaar, an artist who has committed many years to examining the potentialities of art’s response (and perhaps responsibility) to those at the extreme margins of life or in the crosshairs of social/political/existential crisis, produced an unremittingly complex and disturbing installation in 2006, The Sound of Silence. Originally presented at DiverseWorks in Houston within the context of FotoFest 2006 (and subsequently in a number of international contexts), the work here made a long overdue appearance in New York.

Passing in front of a vast array of vertically organized fluorescent bulbs—a veritable wall of light on one side of a large aluminum-clad structure—viewers are momentarily optically overloaded. Here, light materializes as space, swiftly dematerializing into all-consuming luminosity. This is perceptual manipulation of the highest order, certainly strategic on Jaar’s part,

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