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Julianne Swartz, Line Drawing, 2003/2012, plastic tape, lenses, Plexiglas, mirrors, lights, fans, PVC pipe, objects found on-site. Installation view.

Julianne Swartz

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Julianne Swartz, Line Drawing, 2003/2012, plastic tape, lenses, Plexiglas, mirrors, lights, fans, PVC pipe, objects found on-site. Installation view.

“How Deep Is Your,” the elliptical title of Julianne Swartz’s first major museum survey, doubles as the title of a 2012 work that comprises a seemingly incompatible overlay of two distinctive sound tracks about love transported through the museum’s meandering architecture by way of bright blue plastic and pvc tubing. The unlikely entwinement of the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band track “Love/Sing” with the Bee Gees’ sentimental pop song “How Deep Is Your Love” offers a synesthetic invitation to consider the many improbable aesthetic dualities that course through nearly everything Swartz produces. If this piece engages the highly contested antipodes of modernism, most prominently the supposed schism between visually and bodily oriented knowledge, Swartz broadens the conversation to consider how emotion complicates these two polarities.

Given the variety of ludic, mechanically driven

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