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Antek Walczak, New York, c t ju gl wh d ams f, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 11'. From the series “Empire State of Machine Mind,” 2010.

Antek Walczak

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Antek Walczak, New York, c t ju gl wh d ams f, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 11'. From the series “Empire State of Machine Mind,” 2010.

For his first New York solo show this past fall, artist, writer, and Bernadette Corporation member Antek Walczak made four paintings. Like Wheel of Fortune boards in midplay, the works comprise lines of incomplete text, the missing letters and words denoted by graphic blanks. Linking the characters and spaces, networks of Picabian lines and arrows explain how the already present letters could be recycled to reconstitute the unfinished words—as if such decoding were even necessary. Few would require help parsing what these paintings say: When taken together, they spell out the refrain of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”—New York’s unofficial anthem, released almost exactly a year before Walczak’s opening.

The show’s title was “Empire State of Machine Mind”; in the press release, the artist cited futurologist and inventor of optical character recognition Ray Kurzweil and

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