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  • Josh Mannis, Zeal for the Law, 2012, still from a color HD video, 7 minutes 56 seconds.

    Josh Mannis

    Anthony Greaney

    The rather beguiling title of Josh Mannis’s exhibition “Zeal for the Law” interconnects what might otherwise seem to be a rather disparate body of work. Such an emphatic allusion to authority also invites appraisal of the artist’s drawing, collage, and video work as successful citations of art-historical styles and provocative explorations of genre. His compilation of procedures, which hits all the right contemporary signifiers, emits a distinct whiff of le bon ton; yet, with equal aplomb, Mannis transgresses these very same aesthetic regulations.

    For example, The Law, 2011, is a hanging tartan

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