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Alessandra Spranzi, Obsoleto #40 (Obsolete #40), 2013–14, Polaroid, book page, 10 3/4 × 7 7/8". From the series “Obsoleto,” 2013–.

Alessandra Spranzi

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Alessandra Spranzi, Obsoleto #40 (Obsolete #40), 2013–14, Polaroid, book page, 10 3/4 × 7 7/8". From the series “Obsoleto,” 2013–.

Those familiar with the trajectory of Alessandra Spranzi’s practice might recognize her series “Obsoleto” (Obsolete), 2013–, as a culmination of several ongoing investigations; those unfamiliar with her oeuvre might simply be affected by the series’ evocative power. These conceptually complex but aesthetically cogent photomontages, which were the focal point of “Maraviglia,” Spranzi’s recent exhibition at P420, are each composed of two images: The first—a page pulled from a book or magazine on a subject such as geography, astronomy, or botany—serves as a background or frame for the second, a Polaroid taken by the artist of found images and objects arranged on a table. Spranzi’s Polaroids seem to be suspended in space and time in these collages. In Obsoleto #23, 2013–14, for example, a small square has been excised from a black-and-white image of what appears to be the

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