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Suzanne Treister, King of Pentacles—Economic Cybernetics (tarot), 2009–11, giclée print with watercolor on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4".

Suzanne Treister

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Suzanne Treister, King of Pentacles—Economic Cybernetics (tarot), 2009–11, giclée print with watercolor on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4".

The links between Ken Kesey, William Gibson, and Robert Oppenheimer are not immediately apparent; perhaps it is easier to understand the connections among Theodore Kaczynski, the Whole Earth Catalog, and Diogenes of Sinope—or maybe not. In Suzanne Treister’s “HEXEN 2.0,” her second solo show at this gallery, each of these is part of a network of thought and threat, of counterculture, conspiracy, and control.

Treister represents such figures and ideas as tarot cards, each one a small, framed giclée print with watercolor additions. Arrayed in a long row around the gallery, the seventy-eight cards cover the full major and minor arcana, and resemble both the crammed, feverish scribblings of a conspiracy theorist and the dreamily complicated doodles of an adolescent on her notebook, complete with illustrated aspirational quotes. The aesthetic is Blakean, both romantic and dystopian,

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