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Harry Dodge, Fred Can Never Be Called Bald, 2011, still from a color video, 39 minutes 56 seconds.

Harry Dodge

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Harry Dodge, Fred Can Never Be Called Bald, 2011, still from a color video, 39 minutes 56 seconds.

Intro to Logic, freshman year, college. I recall these sentences on the blackboard: “God is love. Love is blind. Stevie Wonder is blind. Therefore Stevie Wonder is God.” The example was given as the epitome of fallacy, illustrating, that is, a breach of reason while appearing to maintain reason’s very form. Such sleights of hand, we learned, are identified easily enough yet are surprisingly pervasive (and persuasive). While nonsensical, they can be steeped in such emotional or affective content that their inaccuracy goes unnoticed or, more to the point, feels inherently correct despite obvious evidence to the contrary.

Harry Dodge’s nearly forty-minute video Fred Can Never Be Called Bald (all works cited, 2011)—appearing in “Frowntown,” his first solo outing at this gallery—would seem to follow the illogic of fallacy. Somewhere near the halfway mark of the work, the

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