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Carter Mull, Hearts of Gold, 2013–14, digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes 22 seconds.

Carter Mull

Marc Foxx Gallery

Carter Mull, Hearts of Gold, 2013–14, digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes 22 seconds.

The digital video Hearts of Gold, 2013–14—the sole work in Carter Mull’s exhibition of the same name—centers on an “artist’s book” constructed on the broadsheets of the New York Times. The newspaper format, of course, once heralded the end of the book as a memory-storage technology, its pulpy pages as transitory as the information imprinted thereon. While newspaper content was, for a time, preserved on the celluloid rolls of microfiche, the effort was highly selective. Today, in the age of big data, all recorded content can be made immediately and indiscriminately available for posterity, while newspapers have plummeted in number. If a new paper is founded, it is often with heightened self-consciousness of its ephemeral nature. Mull likewise highlights the temporal aspect of his book; its newsprint pages are layered with speedily improvised collages and painterly sketches

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