Michael Fullerton

Chisenhale Gallery

Just how many skills is a twenty-first-century artist expected to master? If Michael Fullerton is the measure, then—per his recent exhibition “Columbia”—the contemporary artist must be an expert researcher, writer, draftsman, storyteller, sleuth, technician, and sculptor. He must work with readymades, video, lasers, painting, printing, and wall text. He must be sociopolitically and historically astute—in Fullerton’s case, about Alan Turing, the brilliant computer-technology pioneer who, after helping Britain win the war with his code-cracking genius, was convicted of homosexuality and cruelly subjected to hormone injection treatment, eventually committing suicide. In this show, Turing featured in two portraits: one an enlargement of a newspaper photo (Using Polish Technology, Alan Turing Devised a More Sophisticated Machine to Crack ENIGMA) (all works 2010), the other a more sensitively

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