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View of “Pablo Sigg,” 2011. From left: The Swedenborg Room, 2011; 134 Exhibits, 2009–10.

Pablo Sigg

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View of “Pablo Sigg,” 2011. From left: The Swedenborg Room, 2011; 134 Exhibits, 2009–10.

In his 2010 essay “Tuymans, Loyola, Leibniz,” Mexico City–based artist Pablo Sigg describes painter Luc Tuymans’s canvases as involving a “suspension of the surface that is separated from the depth and weight of matter.” The same could read as a description of Sigg’s own Anemic Cinema, 2008, a pivotal work in the younger artist’s solo debut at ltd los angeles. One of seven works on view, Anemic Cinema takes its title from Duchamp’s 1926 film of the same name and uses as its base content footage from the 1973 movie The Exorcist. Digitally dissecting a nine-minute clip wherein two priests purge a girl of the demon that possesses her, Sigg vertically elongated the frames and then traced each onto an all-white ground to produce a ghostly facsimile of the original. The effect is of a film divested of recognizable context, and—with no setting, sound, or cinematographic detail—the

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