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Paul Sharits, Study A for Location X: “3rd Degree, 1982, mixed media on vellum, 18 x 23".

Paul Sharits

Greene Naftali Gallery

Paul Sharits, Study A for Location X: “3rd Degree, 1982, mixed media on vellum, 18 x 23".

Paul Sharits’s 2009 mini-retrospective at Greene Naftali—a congregation of works on paper and a restored version of the four-projector 16-mm film installation Shutter Interface, 1975—was truly a landmark affair, introducing a new generation to the raw force of the artist’s oeuvre. The film installation in particular, with its gorgeous looped and overlapping frames of solid hues, subjected viewers to aural and visual assault: As the flickering band of “temporal chords of color” raced across the wall, a strident sound track (designed after the alpha rhythm of Sharits’s brain) blared at nearly deafening volume. The gallery’s second exhibition of two more films and additional drawings was no less illuminating, and no less intense. It included renderings of straining, infected hands, a film that appeared to burn over and over, and another that magnified cinematic grain and

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