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View of “Florian Meisenberg,” 2015.

Florian Meisenberg

Simone Subal Gallery

View of “Florian Meisenberg,” 2015.

In David Foster Wallace’s epic 1996 novel, Infinite Jest, the young tennis-academy student Hal Incandenza dreams of a tennis court with lines and systems so unfathomably complex, they turn to liquid before his eyes: “There are lines going every which way, and they run oblique or meet and form relationships and boxes and rivers and tributaries and systems inside systems: lines, corners, alleys, and angles deliquesce into a blur at the horizon of the distant net.” Nearly two decades later, we know all about networks so vast, intricate, and complex they are described as clouds—masses of data that appear to stretch into the distance in an intangible haze.

Florian Meisenberg painted a fragment of a blue tennis court on the floor of Simone Subal for his exhibition “Delivery to the following recipients failed permanently,” which pitted two screens at opposite sides of the court so

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