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Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Untitled #104, 2013, ink-jet print, steamer, water, 81 x 32 1/4 x 16 1/2".

Carlos Jiménez Cahua

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Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Untitled #104, 2013, ink-jet print, steamer, water, 81 x 32 1/4 x 16 1/2".

In his witty Boston solo debut, Carlos Jiménez Cahua added a new twist to a long-standing philosophical quandary: Can art capture and communicate sensations, images, and systems that are normally imperceptible? That the artist answered in the affirmative is perhaps less remarkable than the way in which his compendium of simple gestures was wedded to some of the building blocks of globalization to produce surprising visual effects.

Identified by the gallery as a digital video, Untitled #102 (all works cited, 2013) might be better described as a three-and-a-half-hour durational performance by a machine, in which the native resolution of a display, projected on the gallery wall, is converted from black to white, pixel by pixel, from corner to corner. With the completion of the transformation, one saw the immaterial “copy” in reverse of electronic information that perhaps epitomizes

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