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View of “Brett Lund,” 2010. Foreground: Death Drive, 2010. Background: F-bomb (Fun), 2010.

Brett Lund

Thomas Solomon Art Advisory | Bethlehem Baptist Church

View of “Brett Lund,” 2010. Foreground: Death Drive, 2010. Background: F-bomb (Fun), 2010.

If Logos, figured through language as “the Word,” represents the all-encompassing unifying order of the world in metaphysics since Heracleitus, then Brett Lund’s exhibition title “ProtoLogos” would seem to suggest a breathtakingly ambitious attempt to step back even further in the mystical fog of being’s origins to grope something more embryonic, primordial, and pelvic at work in the universe. Palpating the transition between oozing chaos and inchoate order, between language and the inarticulate and ineffable on either side, the three wall works and five sculptures on view here manifested the artist’s productive (if inherently unresolvable) attempts to materially work through the philosophical problem that “ProtoLogos” posed: What could possibly be before Logos, language, rationality, and discourse? And what would that first rearing of the Word look like?

Lund’s paintings (two on

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