New York

Peter Sacks

Paul Rodgers / 9W

Collage seems consigned to barely more than miniature. Its size would be a function of the width of newspaper columns, of the decorative patterns of wallpaper, of bus tickets and candy wrappers. Only Guernica broke with this scale of bits and scraps. It achieved mural dimensions by resorting to imitation: “newsprint” scattered over large planes through broken lines of black. Disdaining imitation, Peter Sacks achieves triptychs nearly fifteen feet wide by typing texts onto long rolls of linens of various kinds—winding sheets, shrouds, strips of prison shirts.

These textual scrolls overlie a mixture of fabrics and corrugated board, the whole given a luminous sheen by washes of white acrylic. Their surfaces radiate the character of monochromes steamrolling over the thickened oscillation of figure/ground. The texts in question vary from Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (

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