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Robert Janitz, To Photograph Perfume, 2015, oil, wax, and flour on linen, 25 × 20".

Robert Janitz

Team Gallery | Grand Street

Robert Janitz, To Photograph Perfume, 2015, oil, wax, and flour on linen, 25 × 20".

Robert Janitz titled his second show at Team “Kerckhoffs’ Principle,” named for a century-old theorem, postulated by the Dutch cryptologist Auguste Kerkckhoffs, that states that a system will remain secure if everything about that system is known, so long as there is a key that remains secret. (Since illimitable permutations of digits are possible, a complex-enough numerical key is functionally uncrackable.) Once intended for military ciphers, the principle now guides the development of algorithms via which data is encrypted online. The apposition of such a program to the suite of ten Reverse Portraits in this exhibition is itself both obvious and not. Markedly different from the works in Janitz’s last New York show—which consisted of large-scale gestural abstractions thickened with cold wax and flour and oversize metal plant sculptures—the smallish panels (each 25 x 20

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