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Mitchell Syrop, Bifurcated Life (detail), 2011, twenty-eight framed color ink-jet prints, each 22 x 15 1/2".

Mitchell Syrop

Thomas Solomon Art Advisory | Bethlehem Baptist Church

Mitchell Syrop, Bifurcated Life (detail), 2011, twenty-eight framed color ink-jet prints, each 22 x 15 1/2".

It would be all too easy to describe Mitchell Syrop’s recent body of text-based works as the product of some loose stream of consciousness. But this show’s sole work, Bifurcated Life, 2011—comprising twenty-eight archival prints, each identically framed and hung in a single line across three walls—ultimately gives a more complicated portrait: The hastily generated, half-cocked thoughts scrawled by the artist in pencil suggest the hand of a Concrete poet crossed with a serial killer. Scanned from a lined notebook and enlarged to nearly twenty-three by sixteen inches, these “documents” were arranged in the space to be read in succession from left to right. To move from one to the next was to follow the flow of an erratic internal monologue from fatalistic to comic to mundane. Syrop’s exhibition was a portrait of mood swings.

The piece started with five pages bearing the

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