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Seb Patane, Eleventh to the North, 2011, acrylic, ballpoint pen, and colored pencil on canvas, wood, and tape, 90 x 120".

Seb Patane

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Seb Patane, Eleventh to the North, 2011, acrylic, ballpoint pen, and colored pencil on canvas, wood, and tape, 90 x 120".

At the heart of Seb Patane’s tight, studied exhibition is its namesake, a hypnotic video titled Year of the Corn, 2011. The time-based composition has a trancelike, vaguely tribal sound component and sets into action the many static expressions visible in the artist’s drawings, paintings, collages, prints, and sculptures elsewhere in the room. Over the course of six minutes, the piece shifts through five distinct movements: a dark silhouette (a head? a landscape?) floating static against a pixelated red sky; two planes of latticework spinning laterally; a strangely ritualistic performance shot in black and white played forward and back; two masked bodies superimposed against a bamboo forest; and a point-of-view tracking shot retreating from a deserted shack. In this final section, a muffled voice can faintly be heard reading a poem written by the artist; a text pasted to a wall

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