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  • Anna Barham, Arena, 2011, wood and MDF, 3' 3 3/8“ x 13' 11 3/8” x 13' 11 3/8".

    Anna Barham, Arena, 2011, wood and MDF, 3' 3 3/8“ x 13' 11 3/8” x 13' 11 3/8".

    Anna Barham

    Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm

    Using anagrams, Anna Barham has created a seemingly endless language network that riffs off the enigmatic words “Return to Leptis Magna”; the resulting phrases trail off into the nonsensical—“Repaint Lost Argument”—or just as often produce still enigmatic yet more resonant mutterings: “Interrupt Tonal Games,” for example. Occasionally there are phrases that appear to reflect on the network itself, e.g., “Patrol Strange Muttering.” Barham’s approach is an elastic hybrid of Sol LeWitt’s 1974 Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes and the playful nonsense poetry Hugo Ball performed at the

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