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Jennifer Bolande, Image Tomb (with skeletons), 2014, newspapers, Plexiglas, wood, 43 × 13 × 13".

Jennifer Bolande, Image Tomb (with skeletons), 2014, newspapers, Plexiglas, wood, 43 × 13 × 13".

Jennifer Bolande

Pio Pico

The stack of newspapers at the corner stand was once replenished regularly. The local bulletin board has lately stood bereft of announcements. Neither one has quite disappeared, but neither one accumulates or announces with the same sense of urgency. Jennifer Bolande meditated with subtle conceptual rigor on these two aging formats of communication in her latest exhibition. She avoided a polemic against erosion and erasure, offering instead an elegy on diminishing material forms. In the nearly forty-nine-minute video from which the exhibition took its title, The Composition of Decomposition, 2018, Bolande juxtaposed equally sized slices of text and images from copies of the New York Times dating from 2013 to 2015. She selected the excerpts somewhat by chance, through a process of slicing a single rectangle through the entire stack of papers, and then placing facing slices side by side.

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