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Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda, Ridges on the Horizontal Plane (detail), 2010–11, 16-mm film and slide projection.

Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda

Galerie Gisela Capitain

Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda, Ridges on the Horizontal Plane (detail), 2010–11, 16-mm film and slide projection.

The documentary films of Luke Fowler have rapidly achieved renown for their experimental style—a mélange of archival footage, new interviews, and scenes of everyday surroundings joined together to form only the loosest semblance of narrative. Fowler’s form parallels the inscrutability of his subjects, drawn from the margins of society and thought: Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra (the subject of Pilgrimage from Scattered Points, 2006) welcomed both virtuosos and amateurs, while psychiatrist Ronald D. Laing’s alternative mental illness treatment center (the subject of What You See Is Where You’re At, 2001) encouraged patients to heal themselves without recourse to medication. Fowler’s most recent project, a collaboration with Toshiya Tsunoda titled Ridges on the Horizontal Plane, 2010–11, leaves behind the fringe subjects that have brought Fowler acclaim, and focuses

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