Mark Luyten, Untitled (“Endlessly”), 1989/ 2011, oil on canvas, 75 1/2 x 96 7/8".

Mark Luyten

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer

Mark Luyten, Untitled (“Endlessly”), 1989/ 2011, oil on canvas, 75 1/2 x 96 7/8".

Two sorts of temporalities were superimposed in Mark Luyten’s exhibition, representing two distinct conceptions of its title, “(today).” One could be found in a work visible right from the entrance and running through the gallery space: Today, 2011, consisting of words written in pencil, ink, and watercolor and scattered across the surface of the wall that runs from one end of the gallery to the other. They fluttered over the wall’s surface, seemingly capable of escaping its materiality at any moment. If those at a distance disappeared in the vastness of the white cube, those that were closer seemed just as ephemeral—adjectives such as HEADLESS, CHOICELESS, PASTLESS, and so on, conjuring absence, including that of the nouns they might modify. So these delicate written or painted words were floating, both visually and semantically. This volatile work gives “today” a literal

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