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Heinrich Dunst, About A B order (detail), 2013, mixed media, eight parts, overall 9' 2 1/4“ x 18' x 9”.

Heinrich Dunst

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Heinrich Dunst, About A B order (detail), 2013, mixed media, eight parts, overall 9' 2 1/4“ x 18' x 9”.

It may seem far-fetched to describe a visit to a Conceptual art exhibition as an Alice in Wonderland experience. If the effect of Heinrich Dunst’s show was somewhat dizzying or disorienting, it was not because the artist had somehow given up his practice of translating discourse into (often quite monosyllabic) artworks. Rather, the feeling of having stepped through the looking glass arose from the way in which the exhibition seemed to adhere to a definition of sense that bordered on the nonsensical.

The exhibition as a whole was thoroughly choreographed. It started off with wall works and gradually expanded into space, superficially obeying a hierarchy of media, from language to painting and through sculpture to installation. Yet these categories were blurred, and most attempts at labeling an individual work—and its material—would have been futile. Take the first piece,

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