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  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Salamander, 2017, latex, paper, cardboard, papier-mâché, foam padding, plastic, Dutch metal, metal stand, 64 1/4 x 60 5/8 x 61". Photo: Gregor Staiger.

    Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

    Gregor Staiger

    Even when a performance has not yet taken place, when Marvin Gaye Chetwynd has not conducted some Walpurgisnacht in the gallery, when no one has been chained to a latex double of Jabba the Hutt or done a banshee dance half-naked or otherwise worked themselves up into a transformative, ecstatic frenzy—even when the surfaces are innocent of blood or sperm or body paint—her artworks still reverberate with arcane energy. In “The Stagnant Pool,” in which she converted a single room into a stage set for a potential performance, Chetwynd showed off her ability to animate her work through her

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