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Uri Aran, Untitled, 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Uri Aran

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Uri Aran, Untitled, 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Presiding over Uri Aran’s exhibition was a video, taken by the artist via Skype, of a man examining a plate of cookies. He picks up each one and looks at it closely, then shows it to the camera, as though the concept of a cookie were entirely foreign and slightly suspect. He groups them at one end of the plate, spreads them out again in neat rows. One of the cookies is broken, and he tries to reassemble it, over and over again, patiently, curiously, evincing no visible awareness of the task’s futility. Later, the man dips a tea bag into a cup of water again and again, this commonplace task made strange through repetition and by its disconnect from anything suggesting thirst.

Here Aran set up the themes—curiosity, repetition, a kind of obliviousness to usual use—for the rest of the exhibition. The show was largely made up of desks or worktables, like those one might find

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